City set to launch 'new Rooney'
| Submit Comments| Comments (17)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapRISING STAR: John GuidettiPromising Manchester City youngster John Guidetti is set to be given his chance to join Roberto Mancini?s first-team squad next season. Eighteen-year-old Guidetti is likely to be one of several youngsters included in Mancini?s squad for the three-week US tour in July. Brommapojkarna asked City to extend his loan beyond the Swedish League?s break for the World Cup, but Mancini wants to see how the burly front man does alongside the first team. The Swedish youth international striker has made a big impact on loan at his hometown club for the last three months, scoring three goals and claiming three assists in eight appearances for the mid-table club. That came after an impressive season for the Blues? under-18 team, netting 13 times in 19 games before marking his reserve team debut with a hat-trick against an experienced Burnley side. Guidetti may yet go out on loan next season, but initially he will be one of eight players who make the move from the Academy set-up at Platt Lane to train with the senior pros at Carrington. He was also named player of the tournament as the under-18s won the Al Ain International Championship in Abu Dhabi, beating Inter Milan?s youth set-up along the way. Guidetti was signed as a 15-year-old by then City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, and has since been tagged ?the Swedish Wayne Rooney?, a label which is a little premature ? City?s Academy staff have stressed that the Stockholm boy is a long way from being the finished article. The other boys to make the leap to Carrington are Libyan midfielder Ahmad Benali, Norwegian schemer Omar Elabdellaoui, French defender Jeremy Helan, English defenders Reece Wabara, Tom Smith and Sean Tse, and Swiss under-17 skipper Freddie Veseli. Are City bringing enough youngsters through? Have your say.
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