Liam Delap returns to full Manchester City first-team training
Manchester City have welcomed back the return of youngster Liam Delap to first-team training, after a lengthy spell out with injury.
Yet to feature in a single matchday squad for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, the 18-year-old has been left frustrated by his injury woes, after a breakout campaign last year.
Scoring on his senior debut for City during last season’s 2-1 victory over Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup third round, Delap went on to make three appearances for the Blues.
Whilst minutes in the first team were hard to come by, it was with the under-23 squad that Delap enjoyed his best form, netting a record-breaking 24 goals during City’s triumphant Premier League 2 campaign.
Such form led to suggestions the starlet may be used on more occasions this season by Guardiola, especially after City’s failure to acquire a striker during the summer transfer window.
Having only featured four times for the under-23 squad so far this season, Delap’s return brings about refreshed hopes of more regular appearances in the senior squad.
With City unlikely to sign a striker during the January window, the Winchester-born forward could play a vital role in the Blues’ pursuit of a sixth Premier League title.
There are also suggestions that Delap could be sent out on loan, with a number of Championship outfits rumoured to be interested in the striker.
Guardiola and City rejected the chance for Delap to join Stoke City in the summer, in a move that would’ve seen him join the club that his father, Rory Delap, enjoyed over 170 appearances for.
It remains to be seen whether or not Delap’s return will spark a sustained run in the City first-team, but it will no doubt provide a welcome boost for Guardiola, should he wish to turn to the 18-year-old prodigy.
Written by: @AmosMurphy_
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