Manchester City lit up the Northeastern night on Tuesday in the club's new "Night Rising Kit" by Nike. Four first half goals which could have been more highlighted the developing partnership between the clubs two most expensive signings ever - Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
De Bruyne and Sterling combined well throughout the first half and if not for Sergio Aguero's finishing issues, the scoreline could have been far worse at halftime. But the 4-0 lead gave Manuel Pellegrini the opportunity to give three youngsters first team debuts.
Patrick Roberts who came to the club in a deal this summer from Fulham actually made his professional debut 18 months ago at the age of 17 against City for Fulham as the Cottagers were playing out the string in a season they were relegated from the Premier League. Last season Roberts became a regular for the club in the Championship and a hot commodity on the English transfer market.
Roberts has impressed in training and EDS games thus far at City and came on in minute 56 of the Sunderland match. Roberts inclusion was no surprise as he has made the matchday squad for each of the last three Premier League games though he hasn't seen any time yet. But more surprising was the run outs given to Manu Garcia, considered to be perhaps the next great Blues midfielder aged 17 and George Evans who is 19.
Evans has spent an eternity with the club at the youth level and it was very fulfilling to see him get his first team debut. History was made by Evans run out - he became the first player in the HISTORY of the club to feature at every age group for Manchester City.
Evans said regarding his achievement: "It was best day of my life by far. I'm a big city fan - I'm lost for words.
"My family have been unbelievable with me since the age of six. They've been an unbelievable support. I couldn't have done this without them."This one is for my granddad."
With the Blues advancing in League Cup play, more game time for the youngsters is very possible going forward.