Scotland youth international Cieran Slicker has commented on the path to first-team football at Manchester City.
Through his Glaswegian father, the 17-year-old is eligible to represent Scotland. He made his first appearances for the U17s this month as he looks to forge a professional football career both domestically and internationally.
Currently in Man City’s U18s squad , he believes players like Phil Foden are an example of the ‘pathway’ to Pep Guardiola’s first-team.
He told the Daily Record (page 59, 27/10/19): “People always say, ‘Is there a pathway at Man City?’ but Phil is a prime example. It gives all us academy boys confidence to break through just like he has done. He’s an example for all of us really.
“It’s good to see the club are trusting and giving opportunities to the youth. It makes us optimistic for what we can reach for. The first-team keeper coach is heavily involved with the academy, trying to implement his stuff into the academy which is good for us.
“And hopefully a few times this year I’ll be able to go up and train with them.”
Slicker has big Manchester City aims
The goalkeeper is clearly using Foden’s example as inspiration for making the Etihad first-team. He is proof that even with all the money the club have, youngsters can still come through.
With world class coaches and keepers like Ederson and Claudio Bravo to learn from, Slicker will no doubt develop his skills and traits as he aims to make his name with the Citizens.
Currently with the U18s squad at domestic level, Slicker has made three appearances in the U18s Premier League. Slicker has kept two clean sheets so far, conceding just once.
He’ll be hoping to have his name in lights in the coming years.