Man City is home to some of the brightest prospects of the future. The likes of Phil Folden and Brahim Diaz have graduated from the academy and have become members of the first team. Folden has a chance this season to become a regular in the starting 11, and Diaz has interest among Europe's top clubs.
Man City have invested over £200 million alone on their academy. This has started to show with Folden making an impact. However except these two players, very few have actually progressed from the academy in recent years. This is partly down to Pepe Guardiola. However, it is surprising when you look at the players who started off at Man City. These players have all gone on to do great things for other clubs. So why did City not keep them?
#5 Kieran Trippier
The Tottenham defender started off his career at Man City in their academy. He was part of the Man City squad who won the 2008 FA Youth Cup. It looked like he had made his first-team breakthrough when he was part of the 2010 Man City pre-season tour.
However, this was not the case. He failed to make a competitive appearance for City. This was partly due to Pablo Zabaleta and Micha Richards blocking his way at the right back position.
He left for Burnley, where he made an instant impact. This included a great 2014/15 season. This was rewarded with a move to Spurs in 2015.
He has continued to do well at Spurs, and he was even part of the 2018 England World Cup squad that got the the Semi Final. It looks as though Man City will regret letting Trippier go.