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03-11-2023 | 17:55 Football
Cancelo, Delap, Mbette: How Manchester City's loanees are performing this season
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Cancelo, Delap, Mbette: How Manchester City's loanees are performing this season

Manchester City continue their tradition of sending numerous players out on loan across Europe this season.

The club's extensive scouting efforts have led to the acquisition of promising talents from around the world, some of whom may not be immediately recognizable.

This season, City have no fewer than 17 players honing their skills at other clubs, spanning from established stars to up-and-coming prospects.

Joao Cancelo

Among City's high-profile loaned players is Joao Cancelo, who has spent the season with Barcelona following a strained relationship with Pep Guardiola last season, which seemed to mark the end of his City career. The full-back has found a comfortable spot in Catalonia, becoming a regular starter under Xavi's management. He has already notched two goals.

Maximo Perrone

Midfielder Maximo Perrone was part of the first-team squad last season but saw limited playing time. In search of more minutes, he joined Las Palmas, where he has struggled to secure regular starts. Only two of his eight appearances have been as a starter, though both matches ended in victory. He has yet to score or provide assists.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis

Taylor Harwood-Bellis is the latest City academy talent to head to Southampton this summer. He has started eight out of ten possible matches and made a notable contribution with his first goal in a recent game, helping Southampton climb to fourth in the Championship after a rocky start.

James McAtee

The exciting playmaker James McAtee left a strong impression during pre-season but ultimately returned to Sheffield United on loan. While he has received a fair amount of playing time, the Blades are struggling at the bottom of the table with just one point.

Issa Kabore

Versatile defender Issa Kabore, signed by City in 2020, has yet to make an appearance for the EDS. Instead, he has spent the last three years on loan and is currently with Luton Town. He has featured in nearly all of the Hatters' games this season, impressing in both right-back and right midfield roles.

Tommy Doyle

Tommy Doyle was loaned to Wolves as part of the Matheus Nunes deal, and given that it's the final year of his City contract, this loan spell may be his last. Injuries have hampered his start at Molineux, and he has yet to secure a starting role, but he is gradually gaining more minutes.

Joshua Wilson-Esbrand

Left-back Joshua Wilson-Esbrand secured a loan move to Ligue 1 side Stade Reims in the summer and has seen significant action in France. The 20-year-old has appeared in seven matches and scored his first goal last Saturday.

Liam Delap

Striker Liam Delap embarked on his third loan stint in the Championship, this time with Hull City. He has already surpassed his goal tally from previous loans at Stoke and Preston, with four goals to his name.

Luke Mbette

After spending the second half of the last season at Bolton Wanderers, Luke Mbette has ventured further afield this season and joined Dutch second-tier side Den Bosch. The center-back has made five starts and scored his first goal last weekend, although it came in a 5-1 defeat.

Callum Doyle

Fellow center-back Callum Doyle made a strong start at Leicester City and immediately earned a starting role in defense. However, he suffered a significant injury toward the end of September and is expected to be sidelined for an extended period.

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