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Manchester City Keeping Tabs On This Major League Soccer Starlet: One For The Future?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report on Patreon, renowned journalist Alan Nixon mentioned that Manchester City are keeping tabs on New York City starlet Christian McFarlane. It has been claimed that the Mancunian giants want to acquire the services of the gifted left-back as they look to build a strong squad for the future.

McFarlane’s Impressive Rise At New York This Season

McFarlane has come through the youth ranks of New York City and has successfully managed to establish himself as a key member of their B team in the MLS Next Pro. The 15-year-old deserves a lot of credit for putting in a few eye-catching displays in that competition this season.

The talented teenager has done well to make seven appearances for New York’s B team but is still waiting to score his first goal for them.

His current contract with the American club is set to expire at the end of 2026. Hence, it won’t be easy for Man City to lure the promising prospect to English football next year.

Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium

Manchester City Keeping Tabs On McFarlane: Is He A Prospect For The Future?

McFarlane is usually quite solid when defending inside his half and doesn’t mind putting in a tireless shift for his side on the left flank. He usually clears the danger when needed but needs to add some goals and assists to his game if he wants to be a class act at left-back in the future. The Basildon-born full-back can also make some clever runs with the ball when he is playing well on the field.

At the moment, McFarlane is still quite raw and would need time before he is ready to experience senior football at the highest level. However, there is no denying that he has the quality to become a future star in English football especially if he can continue improving as a footballer over the next years.

McFarlane could benefit a lot by joining Man City‘s prestigious academy. He could be nurtured into a world-class footballer under the watchful eyes of Pep Guardiola at the Manchester club. However, only time will tell whether he can step up and adapt to the physical nature of English football if Guardiola can devise a way to lure him to the Etihad Stadium next year.

At 15, McFarlane is undeniably a prospect to watch out for in the future which will make him an ideal signing for Man City in the long run.

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