Manchester City’s Community Shield clash with Chelsea on Sunday represents Pep Guardiola’s last chance to prepare his side for the new season, and the only chance for some to reintegrate themselves into club football after reaching the latter stages of the World Cup.
But rather than giving chances to players he already knows, perhaps Guardiola should be using Sunday’s clash as a litmus test for some of the young talents who have impressed him throughout the season – starting with defender Eric Garcia.
The Spaniard isn’t hugely tall or powerful but has certainly held his own against elite opposition over the last few weeks, so we recently asked City fans whether the teenager deserves another runout at Wembley on Sunday.
And while not every City fan completely agrees with the idea, the majority of those who took part in our poll certainly did with 80% voting in Garcia’s favour.
Are there any other youngsters from City’s pre-season tour you’d like to see feature against FA Cup winners Chelsea? Let us know by voting below…