One of the early high-profile youth signings of the post-takeover era at Manchester City was Joan Ángel Román, who the Blues fended off competition from Spain’s top clubs to acquire.
A diminutive attacking midfielder, Román impressed for City’s Elite Development Squad but received only one call up to Roberto Mancini’s first team, appearing on the bench of a UEFA Europa League tie against Sporting CP in 2012.
Later that year, Román received an offer from Barcelona to join their B team and accepted, ending a three-year stay in Manchester, during which he failed to make any first team appearances in a time of great change.
Román featured regularly for Barça’s reserve team and went on loan to Villarreal, but failed to make an impact, and in 2015, when his contract expired, he moved on to Portugal with Braga.
Once again, the young Spaniard struggled to make any impact, eventually finding himself loaned to Śląsk Wrocław in Poland, where he scored 1 goal in 12 appearances.
Soon to be 25, the player once compared to David Silva is on the move again, having joined Cypriot club AEL Limassol on a contract until the end of the season.
Spain, England, Portugal, Poland and now Cyprus… at the age of 24, Joan Ángel Román is becoming a well-traveled journeyman in the youth of his career, and will hope to find some stability at a new home far away from the Etihad Stadium, where he was once considered one of Manchester City’s best prospects.