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Some topics of discussion that emerged from an enjoyable 10-day trip to the States…

1Bolt from the Blue

One of the many pluses from the US tour was the emergence of right-winger/full-back Luke Bolton.

The Stockport-born 18-year-old turned in a series of impressive displays and his pace was such that he looks as though he would give Kyle Walker a run for his money in a sprint.

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Bolton will have taken plenty from the tour and working with Pep Guardiola on a daily basis will have accelerated his development further.

He looks an exciting prospect and City fans will be hoping to see more of him in the coming season.

2Missing stars not a negative

Though the Blues had a full matchday squad at the World Cup and 14 missing from the US Tour, anybody who felt the games in America held little value in terms of getting the squad ready for the new campaign would surely have changed their minds after the first game had been played.

The majority of the travelling party were teenagers and have been part of the EDS side for the past season or more – yet the youngsters showed great maturity and proved the future of the club is bright.

The tour matches offered us a glimpse of exciting talents such as Adria Bernabe, Benjamin Garre and new arrival Claudio Gomes.

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Lukas Nmecha will have learned plenty from facing defenders like Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool and Eric Garcia looks to have kicked on yet again, too.

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Of course, Academy graduate leading lights Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz are already in and around the first team picture and, after this tour, perhaps even more embedded into the thinking of Pep and his coaching staff.

Every player contributed either in games or through their efforts on the training pitches and at various events, including experienced pros such as Joe Hart, Patrick Roberts and Jason Denayer.

It was a different looking City, but the style, work-rate and ethos of the side that swept all before them in the Premier League last season was evident in each match played on US soil.

3Big season ahead for Bernardo?

After returning early from his post-World Cup break, Bernardo Silva had to hit the ground running against Bayern Munich.

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Replacing the injured Riyad Mahrez, the diminutive Portuguese playmaker took on the mantle of creator-in-chief with relish and scored two terrific goals to help the Blues turn around a two-goal deficit and end the tour on a high.

With an impressive first season in England already under his belt, Bernardo now looks set to be even more integral in his second campaign.

He now knows the pace and the physicality of the English game and he’s going to keep getting better.

Expect assists and goals by the hatful during the 2018/19 campaign.

4Mahrez class

It didn’t take long for Riyad Mahrez to show why City had made him the number one transfer target this summer.

The Algerian glides around the pitch, oozes class and is constant threat when he is on the ball.

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He looks the complete package with his dribbling ability, crossing expertise and variety of dead-ball deliveries.

Though he ended the tour with an injury, thankfully he could return to action against Chelsea at the weekend and alongside Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus could be in for a very profitable season.

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SHINING BRIGHT: Manchester City's young players won extensive praise for their performances during the Club's pre-season tour to America

This morning’s media round-up is dominated by reflections on City’s pre-season tour to the United States which garnered unanimous praise for the impact of Pep Guardiola’s young squad.

All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from across this morning's back pages.