6 wonderkids who represent the future of Manchester City

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6. Alex Henshall: Age 16; Alex is one of England’s highly rated youngsters, playing for the U-16 international team last season as well as being named on the bench for Swindon Town on several occasions.

He has a fantastic left-foot and has drawn comparisons with that of Adam Johnson, which ultimately caused Man City to fight-off Liverpool to secure the teenager’s signature during the summer.

5. Mohammed Abu: Age 18; The promising midfielder was spotted by City’s scouts playing for Sporting Club Accra, having been developed by their academy. Abu was also part of Roberto Mancini’s lavish summer spending and was immediately sent back to Norway on a season-long loan where he has impressed with his determined, tough-tackling approach.

4. Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely: Age 19; Snapped up by City, Alex flourished at the academy and enjoyed a prolific 2008/09 season, scoring over 30 goals as part of a formidable strike force alongside Robbie Mak. His form saw him make the move to the reserve team, scoring 10 goals in league and cup competitions.

Alex just signed a four-year extension to the club and is tied down to 2014.

3. Vladimir Weiss: Age 21; The 21-year-old shot to prominence in the 2007/08 season when he was one of the star performers in the Blues’ FA Youth Cup triumph. He’s a right winger with plenty of tricks in his locker and has been touted for greatness by Arsenal wonderkid Jack Wilshere.

Following appearances at the World Cup in South Africa, Weiss made a loan switch to Rangers.

2. Ellis Plummer: Age 16; A solid left-back, Ellis has played six games in total for England’s U-16s and has seen them to five wins and one draw. The hard-nosed defender is definitely a rising star to look out for.

1. Greg Cunnigham: Age 19; After representing Ireland at U-17 and U-19 level, he won his first full cap in May 2010 against Brazil and is now a regular fixture for the national team.

The teenager was loaned to Championship side Leicester City but fractured a tibia against Hull on New Year’s Day; an injury expected to rule him out of action for four months. Nevertheless, Greg looks set for a bright future with the Blues.

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