Manchester City summer signing, Philippe Sandler, made a low key debut for his new club at the weekend, featuring for the Elite Development Squad in their 1-0 win away at Everton.
Sandler, who was the Blues’ second-most expensive buy in the summer when he joined from PEC Zwolle for around £2.6 million, has recovered from knee surgery and played for 45 minutes on Saturday night.
According to City’s official site, Sandler ‘produced an excellent individual display. Strong in the tackle and composed in possession, he also caught the eye with two pin-point 50-yard passes upfield which transformed defence into attack in an instant.’
Speaking after the game, the 21-year-old, a former Ajax youth player, spoke of his delight at returning to action and is happy to work his way back slowly.
“It was my first few minutes and it felt really good to be back,” said Sandler. “I’ve worked hard so I was happy to be out there.
“For the first 10 minutes or so I had to get into the feeling of the game, but it felt good to be back and to play with the lads, so I was really happy.
“With it being my first game, we had a chat about it and they said just to play 45 minutes maximum, even if you feel good.
“They key was not to try and rush anything.”
Reports in Holland claimed the original plan for Sandler had been for him to return to the Eredivisie on loan, but his injury obviously prevented that. Besides some potential Carabao Cup appearances, it seems unlikely he’ll play for Pep Guardiola’s first team any time soon, so a January loan move away could be the best option for the Dutchman.