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A star is born?

A star is born?

Manchester City`s academy tree has grown its fair share of fruits since its incarnation in 1999. The likes of Shaun Wright Phillips and Joey Barton have both become England internationals and made the club around £30 million in the transfer market. Current first team stars Stephan Ireland, Micah Richards and Nedum Onuoha are picking up International caps left right and center. And last season they were joined by midfield maestro Michael Johnson in the City first team. But who`s next??

Tonight against Swedish second division side Ogryte, Shaleum Logan became the latest academy member to be given a run out in the City first team on the right of midfield, a position that the attacking fullback doesn`t often play these days. Manager Sven Goran Eriksson has praised Logan in the press this week, which is always a good sign for a young player, and the Swede rewarded the youngster with his first start in the City first team.

I`ve seen a fair bit of Logan over the last few years and his development towards the end of last season was tenfold. He went from promising youth to consistent reserve team performer, which is certain to get you noticed by the coaching staff. It`s a shame he broke his leg as it stunted his growth as a player a little. He reminds me of a young Ashley Cole and is 2 footed which is a valuable commodity in this day and age.

A breakthrough this season into a first team regular seems unlikely as Sven will bolster the squad with another 8 or 9 players before the window shuts and likely more in January, but if Logan can keep himself in the frame with travelling squads to away matches and get himself in and around the first team squad regularly, he may just survive here.

With the high quality of players likely to arrive under Sven, it`s up to the academy lads to step up.

Against Ogryte, Logan looked as much a member of the first team as anyone else out there and more so then plenty who have been considered regulars in the past. He was played out of position and still made an impact. That shows the desire of the kid.

What he has in his locker that will help him is the ability to adapt. He can play in both full back positions at a high level and can also operate in both wide midfield positions well. Managers like players of this ilk. It`s how Micah got himself in the side at an early age. Adaptability. The same may ring true for Logan. Time will tell but he's a talent worth developing.

Young players often get their chances due to injury to first team regulars. Should Ball or Micah pick up injuries, Logan may well have his moment. That`s when we will see what he's made of.

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Date:Thursday July 19 2007
Time: 12:00AM


No matter how much money is injected, look after the young 'uns and they will in turn look after MCFC.
Aston Smithy
19/07/2007 00:15:00
Top article Graham. Spot on. Jim Cassell and his team have effectivelky saved our club from freefall. I am hoping Sven will follow up his positive comments on our Academy by continuing to blood the youngsters and if Logan is anything to go by he is being true to his word. Anyway, 7 goals in two games. Don't remember that in pre-season for a while, doesn't matter who it's against!!
Johnny Baguette
19/07/2007 07:14:00
I think Sven will give all the youngsters a fair chance....don't forget the Walcott episode...
19/07/2007 09:45:00
Good point Alphie. Ideal scenario is a sprinkling of home grown lads mixed in with some top quality. I don't think that is too far fetched an ambition tbh
Aston Smithy
20/07/2007 20:54:00
I think SP started good work there, Keegan was reluctant in giving the youngsters a chance and that they wuld never get into the first team. SP on the other hand gave them the belief that they could, and would stay if they showed they were good enough. I am not sure that Svennis would simply throw a youngster in the deep end without first being sure he could make it. The team he is assembling can recognise talent, I think SP just hoped.
Buzz Lightyear
20/07/2007 21:33:00
Just a couple of things, one on the rumour of the YAK, he is not worth 12 mill and I hope that SGE doesnt pay it, for that kind of money I would want a guarantee of goals, but the press have been wide of the mark so far and maybe once again. I do hope we get a central defender left sided, Dunney as good as he is maybe at a loss if tried on the left, they put him there when he plays for Ireland and he does not look as comfotable as he does on the right.
Buzz Lightyear
20/07/2007 21:36:00
I don't think there is anything wrong with a back four of Richards, Ounuaha, Dunne and Ball with cover from Jihal, Mills and Logan. Priority is for another couple of midfielders and a striker.
21/07/2007 00:09:00
Alphieblues, I agree they are good players, i would just prefer just to have a left sided central defender and if we do not get one, I think Richards should take the place of Distin, not Dunney. Danny Mills not played premier football for a season (SP threw his teddy away there, could not even sell him) Logan not tried against class teams of the premier and Sun Jihai, not sure what his best position is, even after all these years. Matthew Mills does not appear to have lived up to his potential. I think Svennis will get more out of his players and maybe we will see the players perform to a higher level than before, especially if there is more competition for places. CTID.
Buzz Lightyear
21/07/2007 08:33:00
You lot are living in cloud cuckoo land.Your going to have another long hard struggle on your hands because simply you are C.R.A.P.
21/07/2007 11:06:00
Sweetleftfoot, if we are CRAP why are you bothering with us then. If you have nothing nice to say, it is polite to say nothing and GFY. I am sure you can work that one out.
Buzz Lightyear
21/07/2007 11:27:00
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