Guardiola says Delap will not leave Manchester City on loan
Pep Guardiola claims Liam Delap will stay at Manchester City and fight for a place in the first team.
What’s the story?
The youngster has been attracting interest from a number of Championship clubs this summer.
Stoke City – the former club of his father Rory – were said to be keen on signing the teenager.
He signed a new five-year contract to keep him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2026 last week.
Delap was in red-hot form last season, scoring 30 times in 27 games across various age groups.
And now it seems he is set to be rewarded with a place in first-team training.
When talking about Delap, Guardiola told the Manchester Evening News): “He’s going to train with us if a striker comes or doesn’t come, like Phil [Foden] when he arrived and started to play with us. It’s the best way to help their development because the problem in the academies today here in England.
“It’s really big and it’s difficult to promote them from here. That’s the best way with the players we believe have potential – like Sam Edozie, another guy – those guys are going to be with us.”
Guardiola is wrong: Delap has a massive future, but loan spell would be beneficial
Sending out a player on loan is almost a rite of passage; one of the norms of modern-day football.
It is extremely rare that a young player succeeds without spending some time on loan.
You may point to Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood, however, the trio are anomalies.
You would struggle to go back through the last decade and find many players who shone without loan spells.
Arsenal are just one club that can act as an example as to the benefits of sending youngsters out on loan.
Emile Smith Rowe spent time with Huddersfield and RB Leipzig and is now shining for the Gunners’ first-team.
Guardiola is wrong to keep the ‘exceptional‘ star, who would benefit from a loan spell this season.
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