Sam Lee has dropped an exciting update on Manchester City youngster Romeo Lavia, with the 17-year-old included in Pep Guardiola’s Champions League squad.
Clubs participating in the Champions League had to submit their squad lists earlier this week and there weren’t too many surprises from the Citizens, other than the inclusion of Lavia, with the Athletic’s Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee confirming on Twitter that:
“City have included 17-year-old Belgian defensive midfielder Romeo Lavia in their 21-man Champions League squad. He’s highly thought of and this is proof, even if appearances will be hard to come by.”
The teenage midfielder is yet to make an appearance for the senior side since joining from Anderlecht in 2020 but he is clearly making waves in the academy, with two goals and two assists in 21 appearances for the U’23s.
City have been handed a tough group in the Champions League, with games against PSG, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge to come, so if Lavia is to make his debut for the Etihad-based side, it seems likely that it will come against Brugge, as they are likely to be the weakest opponents of the three.
With Fernandinho now 36-years-old, City may well be in the market for a new defensive-midfielder in the near future but if Lavia works hard enough and builds on his obvious potential, then perhaps we will see him make the step up into the first-team.
It was suggested after the Brazilian penned a new one-year deal that Lavia would be promoted to the first-team for the 2021/22 campaign and it certainly seems likely that he will earn his first minutes as a first-team player soon after this announcement.
The Belgian midfielder clearly has a lot of promise and therefore City fans will surely be delighted to see him named in the Champions League squad and will be hoping to see him make his first appearance for the senior side in the near future.
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