As most of us know, new NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira as recently as just a few months ago was running the Manchester City Elite Development Squad - the same academy that loaned NYCFC Shay Facey and Angelino. Now, Vieira's on the other end of the spectrum but the business of loaning EDS players to NYCFC may in fact be resuming again for the 2016 season.
Recently, on ESPN UK and Manchester Evening News, new EDS manager Simon Davies was asked about the possibility of more EDS players making their way to NYC via loans in 2016. Here's what he had to say:
Asked about sending players to New York, Davies told reporters: "I think Angelino did really well out of it so there's no reason why not.
"It's like every challenge and every loan -- which players and why and where and what is the reason for a certain player to go on loan. There are different reasons for it. It might be technical, tactical, etc -- physical challenges like going to a lower league for a month or two.
"There's no reason why it can't happen in the future. New York is part of the City family and obviously they have Patrick who knows the young players here, which is really beneficial. And I'm sure if he was to call on them at the right time, I can't see why it wouldn't be of massive benefit for the football club and the player."
So who are some potential loanees that could find their way to NYCFC this season?
One of the potential names rumored is England U-19 international Patrick Roberts, who was signed from Fulham last summer by MCFC for £6 million, appearing in one Premier League match so far as an 86th minute substitute in MCFC's 4-1 defeat to Tottenham this season. The 18 year old youngster is also being linked to clubs like Celtic and Bournemouth, as well. The 5'6" Roberts is an attacking player, who plays as a wide midfielder/winger and has been listed as a forward as well. With clubs like Celtic and Bournmemouth in pursuit I can see Manchester City preferring to keep him closer to the mothership. He also has the chance to gain more quality minutes at a higher level, particularly if he went to Bournemouth. As an attacking player, he would be more of a luxury loan target for NYCFC with all the attacking talent they already have in place.
Another name in the report is Bersant Celina, the Norway U-21 international. Celina made his first-team debut appearance for Manchester City earlier this month, also revealed he would consider a loan move recently. The youngster is quoted as saying the following:
"I want to go on loan to play first-team games but it's important to find the right club. I'm not stressing over it. I wouldn't mind staying here until the summer and maybe then going on loan. We'll see what happens."
You can see the Celina goal at the 2:38 mark of the video.
Celina is another attacking player Manchester City has labeled as a forward, but has also been cited as a midfielder. He's another option that may confuse fans as we're expecting more defensive help to come before the start of the season. However, given the learning curve Facey endured last season, perhaps the club is not looking to rely on such young players to provide defensive strength to the club.
Another point to keep in mind is these names may be coming up as options due to their popularity at the moment, both are sought after loan targets by European clubs, and therefore are being added for intrigue. We may still not know who the club will bring over on loan for 2016, but it looks like NYCFC will continue to be viewed as a good club for these elite prospects and youth players to get quality minutes and valuable development.