Youngster Kelvin Etuhu has joined League 2 side Rochdale on an initial months loan, which should be a good move for a player who, on the couple of times I've seen him looks to be a good player and of a similar talent to the much-heralded Daniel Sturridge.
On the subject of young players, The Times ran a series of articles this week on young players and club academies. The first featured City and the article can be read here, and picking out the paragraphs on City (and Jim Cassell):
"The clubs, in turn, would point to the noticeboard in
Manchester City’s Platt Lane academy training complex, where there hangs a
framed picture of the most recent home-grown boy to break into the first team.
The face in the frame at present is Michael Johnson, who made his City debut
against Wigan Athletic in October.
A youngster coming through the system all
the way to the top is a statement of success, which is why there is a frame next
to Johnson’s picture that remains forever empty, except for the words: “Who’s
next?” Every day at training, the City boys are asking themselves: “Am I next?”
So far, 20 faces have been in that frame, an astonishing record and a sign that
the development of local boys is not a flawed concept."