I probably need to be a tad more cynical about the potential in City's youth ranks. Be that as it may, I admit that their potential fascinates me, even though most of them will never don a City kit for the first-team. I guess I'm just hoping they prove to be profitable investments.
Anyway, here's an update. I did my best. Sometimes it's tough to find good information about players who aren't playing top-tier football. So if you have better info, please add it in the comments.
Also, if you don't have time to read all this, the most promising performances have come from: Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Pedro Porro, Callum Doyle and Lewis Fiorini.
Now for the summaries:
Centerback Taylor Harwood-Bellis, on loan at Anderlecht, is starting and playing well for Vincent Kompany’s squad. I had a chance to watch Anderlecht play this week and THB pretty much runs the show from the back.
Staying in Belgium’s top tier, Kortrijk is benefiting from two City loanees, midfielders Marlos Moreno and Ante Palaversa. Both are starting for Kortrijk and reports suggest both are playing well.
Lewis Fiorini, the attacking mid on loan at Lincoln City, has been playing great lately. He’s scored 3 goals in the last 4 matches and appears to have cemented a starting spot.
Centerback Callum Doyle, who’s on loan at Sunderland, has become the Black Cats’ own Ruben Dias. He’s a permanent fixture in their XI and has played a huge role in Sunderland’s great start to the season.
Ben Knight, the all-purpose attacker, has recently struggled with injuries at Crewe. First, he felt ill after his second vaccine dose, then he felt soreness in the tissue connecting his tibia and fibula. Prior to those issues, he was starting and playing pretty well for the League One squad, mostly on the wing.
Tommy Doyle, a Cityzen blue blood, has yet to play a minute for Hamburg. While the manager claims the midfielder has "sensational" feet, he also says Doyle has yet to find his footing on a new team and in a new country.
Morgan Rogers, the winger who’s on loan at Bournemouth, is a regular sub, having started only one match for Scott Parker’s Championship-leading side. The 19 year-old has yet to score for the Cherries.
League 1 side Accrington Stanley has two loanees, goalkeeper James Trafford and centerback Yeboah Amankwah. Trafford has started eight out of nine games for Accy, posting two clean sheets, while allowing 14 goals. Amankwah hasn’t played much and currently has a knee injury.
22 year-old Arijanet Muric has started four of seven matches for Turkish Super League side Adana Demirspor. However, the 6’6 keeper may have lost his starting job, since he hasn’t played in the last three matches. It’s tough to find any updates.
Promising holding mid, Yangel Herrera, has yet to appear for Espanyol, the newly-promoted La Liga side. I saw one report of a broken leg.
City has several loanees competing in the Dutch top tier. At Heerenveen, winger Filip Stevanovic has played in every match, but started only two. He’s logged one assist over that span. PEC Zwolle features City loanee Slobodan Tedic at striker. Tedic has started every match, but has yet to find the back of the net (not good). Midfielder Luka Ilic is on loan at Twente, where he’s started the club’s first three matches. In the third match, he received a double yellow and apparently has been suspended since. Ilic’s contract expires next summer and it seems likely he’ll follow his brother, Ivan, out the door.
All-around midfielder Matthew Smith is on loan at Championship-side Hull City, where he’s appeared in all nine of the club’s matches, starting six. I haven’t seen him play, but the local press seems to think he provides a creative spark, but needs to improve his defense.
Goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is playing great for Portsmouth. He’s recorded three clean sheets in eight starts and boasts the fourth-highest save percentage in League One.
Midfielder Alex Robertson has yet to find his role for Ross County in Scotland’s top tier. He’s only appeared in two games, logging 43 minutes.
Right back Yan Couto, who was recognized as the Spanish Segunda’s top right back last season at Girona, is finding life more difficult in the Portuguese Premier League. He’s played well in limited opportunities; but the 19 year-old appears to be the second choice there behind an in-house starlet. We probably should've found him a place where he'd play more.
Another right back has found more success in Portugal. Pedro Porro is playing great for Sporting, netting two goals in the last two games for the Portuguese giants. He’s made six appearances overall, starting three, including the Champions’ League match against Ajax.
City has several players on loan at CFG-owned clubs, Girona, Lommel and Troyes. At Girona, Pablo Moreno and Dario Sarmiento have yet to find their roles and haven’t earned many minutes. Given the fanfare that surrounded Sarmiento’s signing, I’m a bit disappointed that he hasn’t made more of an impact.
Lommel is a bit of a black hole in that it’s difficult to find any insights on player performance. City has five players on loan at Lommel and the only two who seem to be earning regular starts and minutes are Diego Rosa and Daniel Arzani.
After a rough start to their Ligue 1 season, the boys at newly-promoted Troyes have started to play better. City has loaned four players to Troyes, but only three have appeared. Issa Kabore has bounced back after earning a double yellow in the first half back on August 15. He’s found his place and is making positive strides. Phillipe Sandler has started once. Patrick Roberts hasn’t played much and Erik Palmer-Brown has yet to appear.
Not on currently on loan, but a former loanee, Jayden Braaf, is a bit of a mystery. He was loaned to Udinese in the spring, where he supposedly played well, but suffered an injury. Now he’s back at City (allegedly), but seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth. Given his potential, one would think he’d see some minutes in PL2, but that hasn’t been the case. Has he burned his bridges at City?