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Goals throughout the squad important, says Wilkinson

Manchester City Under-18s manager Ben Wilkinson has stressed the importance that goals throughout the squad is to their end of season aspirations.

The youngsters proved that they are one of most exciting teams in England, as our high scoring helped us pick up numerous titles at the end of the 2021/22 season.

Wilkinson’s side picked up the Under-18 Premier League North crown as well as the Under-17 Premier League Cup in his maiden season.

Before our free-scoring youngsters would go onto secure the Under-18 Premier League National title, meaning City would become the first team to win the competition three times in a row.

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And the boss is looking for more of the same this time around, he said: “It’s really important [goals throughout the squad].

“We have a really good mix of that in our group in terms of the front players, the front five and the front three with the eight and 10. The way we play lends itself towards that in terms of high up they are anyway.

“I do expect this group to share the goals around again. I think our leading goalscorer last year ended on 12 or 13, we scored 76 goals in the league, so there were five or six players who notched double figures.

“I won’t be surprised if we see the same again this year.”

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The young Blues travel to Stoke City on Saturday (11:30 UK), as we look to keep the pressure on Liverpool and Sunderland above us.

The game will be broadcast live on CITY+ and Recast, giving City fans the perfect opportunity to tune in and watch the future generation of the Club.

And Wilkinson says fans can expect a similar style of play to which they have become accustomed to under Pep Guardiola.

“We’d like to think the style of play and the way we play runs through the whole Club,” he added.

“I think we certainly got that last year as a team who likes to play on the front foot, likes to control games, wants to press aggressively without the ball and wants to show a high level of technical quality.

“The period when the World Cup is on will be a great time for us because our programme is sort of heavy in that period, due to the fact we had games called off and the 23s programme stops.

“It’s kind of like a role reversal when a lot of their games so far have flipped to us. We’re really looking forward to that because, hopefully, we’ll have the group in a really good place."

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