The City team eager to avoid an FA Youth Cup upset at the hands of Pompey

Manchester City's Brahim Diaz (right)

Manchester City's Brahim Diaz (right)

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Spotlight on Pompey’s young guns

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Last season’s FA Youth Cup finalists Manchester City visit Fratton Park tonight.

We have a look at Pompey’s opponents, who boast an embarrassment of riches, with players plucked from all round the world and earmarked for international stardom.

Charlie Albinson

Keeper was on the bench for last year’s FA Youth Cup final against Chelsea and is beginning to establish himself as number one, after being named in City’s Uefa Youth League squad.

Callum Bullock

Right-sided player who can operate at full-back or on the wing. Been on City’s books since the age of 10 and has represented the club all around the world.

Lewis Blackshaw

Left-back in his first season, making the spot his own. Loves to get forward regularly.

Joel Latibeaudiere

The Yorkshire-born defender has broken into the under-18s despite still being involved in the under-15 set-up.

Jacob Davenport

Provides the energy in midfield, breaking up attacks and feeding his more creative team-mates.

Joe Coveney

A ball-playing centre-back who signed a two year scholarship in the summer and scored two goals in City’s last game against Derby.

Javairo Dilrosun

Recruited from Ajax in the summer of 2014, he has represented the Netherlands at under-18 level.

Rodney Kongolo

Another Dutch under-18 international, he arrived from Feyenoord in 2014. Brother, Terence, was in 2014 World Cup squad.

Mark Wood

Local lad who usually operates in the centre of midfield and has captained the side numerous times this season. Given a professional contract after starting the second leg of last year’s final against Chelsea.

Will Patching

Creative midfielder aged only 16 but has represented England throughout the age groups. Provides danger from free-kicks.

Paolo Fernandes

Spanish winger signed from Real Zaragoza in 2013. Collected Academy goal of the season award last year.

Brahim Diaz

Dubbed the ‘new Messi’, City paid Malaga £300,000 for the forward in 2013. Regular in the under-19 side despite aged only 16. Able to play up front or on the wing.

Tom Dele-Bashiru

A tricky winger and England under-17 international, he is tipped to eventually break into City’s first-team.

Sadou Diallo

Guinean-born midfielder who has represented England at youth international level. Broke into the under-18 side last year at the age of 15.

Isaac Buckley

Lightning-quick forward, Buckley will provide one of City’s main threats. Scored a goal in last year’s final and earlier this month netted a hat-trick against Derby.

Lukas Nmecha

German-born Nmecha has represented England at youth level, and provides City with plenty of pace and trickery.

Joe Hardy

Has been with City through the age groups and is a player who always has a goal in him.

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