After losing at Liverpool at the weekend, Manchester City now sit nine points behind the leaders, and their task of gaining any ground on the Merseysiders has been dealt another blow after the FA banned Bernardo Silva for his tweet about Benjamin Mendy.
The blues have had some serious injury worries so far this season, with the defence in particular being decimated by injuries, forcing manager Pep Guardiola to play Fernandinho in the centre of defence.
City failed to replace outgoing legend Vincent Kompany over the summer, and now they are suffering because of that decision, having lost to both Norwich and Wolves as well as Liverpool so far. With many saying the title is gone (yes, even at this stage with just a third of the season gone), and with some calling for more playing time for the likes of Phil Foden, is now the best time for Pep to start blooding the kids in the Premier League?
The blues have a good academy, with many promising youngsters starting to emerge. Aside from Foden, who has already made his mark, Eric Garcia has started both of City’s League Cup games, while Taylor Harwood-Bellis partnered Garcia in the 3-0 win at Preston.
Foden himself will be eager to make more of an impression in the first team after impressing last season, and maybe with the season expectations dwindling in the eyes of some, it is time to give these guys a chance.
What do you think? Should Pep play the youngsters or carry on the way he’s going?