Manchester City academy starlets Lorenzo Gonzalez and Benjamin Garré have been named among the sixty best young talents in world football in special feature by The Guardian.
Signed from Servette in the summer of 2016, Lorenzo Gonzalez was excellent in his first season at the club, scoring 13 goals in 16 appearances during City’s impressive 2016-17 U18 Premier League season, in addition to three assists.
Gonzalez signed his first professional contract at the Etihad Stadium this July and continues to impress at youth level.
The profile written by Marcus Christenson for The Guardian on Gonzalez describes him as the best Swiss talent of his generation.
The biggest Swiss talent of his generation by some distance, he has been compared to Xherdan Shaqiri (because of his body shape and muscular thighs) as well as Sergio Agüero. Scouted by several top European clubs, including Juventus and Manchester United, he opted to sign for Manchester City in July 2016. Has a Spanish father – who supports Real Madrid – and a Swiss mother and has come through the youth ranks at Servette. “Joining Manchester City, one of the best clubs in the world, represents a new step in my career,” he said after completing the move. “I had to make a lot of sacrifices in order to get where I am now. I will never forget my time in Switzerland and I am convinced that I did everything I could to make my former club successful.” Extremely determined, Gonzalez looks to have what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
The second player on the list is Benjamin Garré, the Argentine winger who was signed in controversial fashion. His former club Velez have taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, claiming they breached rules in signing him, but a decision is still yet to be announced.
The grandson of Argentina World Cup ’86 winner Oscar Garré, Benjamin may well be worth all the fuss though, with Juan Carlos Pasman singing his praises.
Oscar Garré, who was part of the Argentina side who won the World Cup at Mexico ’86, is very proud of his grandson – mainly because for the first time a football player named Garré is not a defender! Benjamín was signed by Manchester City last year from Velez Sarsfield’s academy but has since been subject to a hearing at the court of arbitration for sport over Velez’s accusations – denied by City – that the transfer contravened Fifa rules over the signing of minors from outside the European Union. Garré signed an improved contract at City in the summer and has been a regular in the Uefa Youth League, scoring once and providing three assists. He has also been called up to train with Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad and impressed the City manager. Garré is comfortable in a free role like Paulo Dybala at Juventus but can play on either wing. “He brings energy, he brings quality,” said the former City coach Lee Carsley. “He’s very disciplined in the way that he plays. With his attitude as well, when you add all the ingredients in, he’s got a chance.”
The Manchester City academy features some of the world’s best talent and these are just two of the many outstanding talents on display. Hopefully with the standard always rising, some of these kids will eventually make it into Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad in future.