Pep praise for Adarabioyo

Pep Guardiola believes Tosin Adarabioyo has the ability to be a first-team player for Manchester City this season.

The 18-year-old has played every minute of City's pre-season matches so far and was named Man of the Match in the win over Borussia Dortmund in Shenzhen.

He has been named in City's squad for the game against Arsenal in Gothenburg on Sunday and is expected to play a part.

Guardiola is clearly impressed - and although he hasn't ruled out the possibility of sending Adarabioyo out on loan this season like many of the club's other talented youngsters, he says he has it what it takes to challenge for a first-team place.

“Definitely, yes,” he said when asked if he was capable of playing regularly in his side this term. “I don't know what is going to happen because Vincent Kompany will come back.

"Until 31 of August, a lot of things can happen - but if you ask me today my opinion, he will be our player.”

Adarabioyo, a member of City's academy setup since the age of nine, is admired by the club's youth coaches, both for his ability and his attitude.

And Guardiola, who is expected to give the club's most promising academy stars the chance to show what they can do at first-team level, feels he has inherited a young player with the right approach to becoming a regular at the top level.

“He's a nice guy,” he said. “His mind is open. He listens. He trains everyday like it's the last training of his life.

“And I like a lot to work with these kinds of players. He has his whole career in front of him. Against two tough teams like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, he played really well.”

Adarabioyo is blessed with natural attributes that mark him out as a defender with huge potential – but it's perhaps his reading of the game that impresses the most.

Despite being in the early stages of his life as a professional footballer, he anticipates danger superbly, something that usually comes with experience.

Guardiola says he knew before taking charge of City that Adarabioyo is a talented player having watched videos of the club's academy games – but admits he's been even more impressed working with him in close quarters.

“So one month, two month ago when they finished the last season, Rodolfo [Borrell] send me a lot of highlights of the academy players. About him, Brandon [Barker], [Bersant] Celina, Manu Garcia, Aleix Garcia, so many, many...Angus [Gunn].

“So I had an idea about them. And I have been training with them all of pre-season.

“We have to tell Tosin he has a lot of steps to get better, so it's not done, the player isn't done. But he has all the quality.

"He is fast, he is faster than the people can believe it. He's strong in the air. He has the quality to look behind the line for the next step, the next pass, but he has a lot of things to improve and I hope I can help him to develop his skills.”

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