It’s safe to say that after years of investment and hard work, the Manchester City academy is now producing some excellent talent – even if many of them don’t reach the first team.
Phil Foden, Brahim Diaz, Jadon Sancho, Angus Gunn and Pablo Maffeo are just five examples of the high quality talent to have come through the ranks lately, and more are on their way.
On Tuesday night, two starlets won their first caps at senior level for their countries.
City’s current second-choice goalkeeper Aro Muric, 20, who has played in both Carabao Cup ties this season, kept a clean sheet on debut for Kosovo against Azerbaijan.
Muric, who could have chosen from a number of countries and represented Montenegro at under-21 level, played the full 90 minutes of Kosovo’s 4-0 win in the UEFA Nations League.
This man had a monumental display on his international debut for #Kosovo.
Arijanet Aro Murici 🇽🇰
— Kosovan Football🇽🇰 (@kosovanfooty) November 20, 2018
Meanwhile, after calling him up due to several withdrawals, Ryan Giggs handed 18-year-old Rabbi Matondo a senior debut in Wales’ friendly against Albania at the Elbasan Arena.
City under-23 winger Matondo replaced Sam Vokes after 78 minutes but couldn’t turn things around as Wales fell to a 1-0 defeat.
Even so, a memorable and unexpectedly early debut for Rabbi, who is the fastest player at City, with recorded speeds even quicker than those of Leroy Sané and Kyle Walker.
78' | 🇦🇱 1-0 🏴 #ALBWAL
SUBS! Sam Vokes makes way for Rabbi Matondo to make his debut and Connor Roberts is off for Kieron Freeman, another debutante for Wales. #TogetherStronger
— Wales 🏴 (@Cymru) 20 November 2018