Chasing a third successive win, City u18s face table toppers Fulham in their fourth Barclays u18 Premier League fixture.
Fulham have won all of their league fixtures so far this season, looking impressive from their 7-1 win over Wolves on the opening day onwards.
Managed by former Southampton manger, Steve Wrigley, Fulham won their last match 5-1 over Middlesbrough. They’ve scored 16 goals in their first three matches, so manager Adam Sadler knows his team will have to be at their very best to claim anything from their trip to West London.
City will be buoyed by the inclusion of Sinan Bytiqi, their new Austrian recruit who shone on his debut against Liverpool at the start of the month.
Head of Academy Mark Allen was pleased to finally see the new man in action.
“Sinan (pictured below, furthest right) brings a great energy to the team, he’s extremely fit, has a good change of pace and is a very intelligent, clever footballer,”
...Mark Allen on Sinan Bytiqi..
“He’s an unbelievably nice lad, very grounded and has an excellent work ethic, so hopefully he will do very well here.”
“It took a while for his international clearance to come through but he never shirked a training session even though he wasn’t playing and never sulked even though that might have been a frustrating experience for him – it’s a big compliment to him.”
Without a game for nearly three weeks, City will be hoping that the lengthy international break will have no adverse effect on the momentum culminated by his team in their league campaign.
With Ashley Smith-Brown (pictured below), Jose Angel Pozo, Kean Bryan, Ian Lawlor and Jack Byrne among those called up to their respective international squads over the break, confidence is flowing through the dressing room as Saturday’s match looms.
“Obviously it’s just one step on the ladder for them and there’s still plenty of hard work ahead but we’re incredibly proud to be producing players of international calibre here at the Academy,” Allen added.
We’ll bring you a full report of how the under-18s get on in West London on the site after the match.