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5 players you would be surprised to know were once at Manchester City

Tejas Parkar
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:41 IST

PSG's Adrien Rabiot

Since being acquired by Middle Eastern owners, Manchester City has become one of the biggest clubs in England and the world. As much as it pains me to say this as a Manchester United fan - City has the best squad in the Premier League at the moment.

Pep Guardiola has transformed the CItizens into a team that combines footballing aesthetics with machine-like consistency. They are fighting for four trophies this term, which is a frightening prospect for fans of all other clubs in the Premier League, let alone United.

They also have set up one of the most prolific football academies in the country. However, not all of their bright prospects make it to the first team, as the sales of Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz have shown.

Let's take a look at at a few players you'd be surprised to know were on the books of the noisy neighbours.

#5 Wayne Hennessey

Hennessey playing for Crystal Palace against Man City
Hennessey playing for Crystal Palace against Man City

Man City have had their fair share of troubles with keepers, with Guardiola deeming Joe Hart not good enough with his feet, and his successor Claudio Bravo's horror performances. They now have a tremendous keeper in Ederson, but you'd be surprised to know they had Crystal Palace & Wale's goalie, Wayne Hennessey. The man from Bangor, however, was nowhere near the first team and left the club aged 16 for Wolves.

The Welshman was one of the few keepers to have kept a clean sheet against City in their record-breaking 2017-18 season and played a key role in Palace's 2-3 win at the Etihad in the 2018-19 season (remember THAT goal from Andros Townsend?).

Had he not left City, he'd have been fighting Joe Hart for the number one spot for a few seasons and would certainly have had at least some Premier League medals by now.

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