Fresh from helping set England's Under 21 side on their way to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Montenegro on Friday night, Nedum Onuoha has given his thoughts on club football at City this season.
Speaking to the BBC, Nedum said: "Sometimes when you get change you can lose sight of things that were there before.
"For me some of the younger players who were here last season are the ones who've been outstanding for us so far."
As it was once said, the more things change the more they stay the same, and to that end it's been another successful time for City's Academy Graduates.
Surprise package, Kasper Schmeichel started the season so well, Shaleum Logan became the 23rd player to graduate from Platt Lane's practice pitches to first team starter and this on top of Richards, Johnson and Stephen Ireland's fine early season form.
Onuoha, who came through the Academy and has been with City for some 10 years himself, added: "For me personally I've been at the Club for so long and it is good to see something positive happening in terms of new ownership, new players and a new mindset.
"It's good, but at the same time you know you will have to fight even harder for your place because the Manager is bringing in players who are top quality from all over Europe.
"It's good to see the Club progressing, but you also know you have to knuckle down."