Manchester City have loaned 34 players this season, many of them to sister clubs City Football Group.
They range from promising youngsters like Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Tommy Doyle and Gavin Bazunu to players whose Blues careers seem to be going nowhere – like Patrick Roberts, Philippe Sandler and Marlos Moreno.
Leaving aside the clear signatures of the CFG group, we took a look at how the most scheming lenders have fared so far.
Gavin Bazunu (Portsmouth) – The Republic of Ireland international was touted to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world when he was at Rochdale last season, and has continued his upward curve this season, including a stoppage on Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty in the qualifying World Cup. He has been selected for all ten league appearances for Portsmouth this season and has kept four clean sheets, while establishing himself as Ireland’s number one.
Taylor Harwood Bellis (Anderlecht) – Made the big decision to travel to Belgium after Vincent Kompany made a personal request. Some of the City legend’s magic seems to rub off – after an installation spell he is now a regular choice alongside former Southampton center-back Wes Hoedt and has won two man of the match awards as ‘Anderlecht have recovered from an uneven start. sit right next to the leaders.
Marlos moreno (Kortrijk) – Signed for £ 4.75million at the same time as Gabriel Jesus five years ago, the Colombia international striker has since had a string of loans which have earned him seven goals. He has been a regular holder in the Belgian first division this season but has yet to score or assist.
Diego rosa (Lommel) – City raised £ 5million for the up-and-coming Brazilian midfielder last year, and he was loaned to sister club Lommel in the Belgian second division, playing five times as they sit in the middle of Table
James trafford (Accrington) – The 18-year-old goalkeeper stepped into the deep end with Stanley in League One but quickly became the first choice – and is now part of the England Under-20 squad as a reward.
Lewis fiorini (Lincoln) – Following an impressive loan to Dutch club NAC Breda last year, Manchester player Fiorini is doing well for Imps, with three goals in nine appearances, including a long-distance special in a 5-1 victory over Cambridge.
Alex robertson (Ross County) – The England Under-18 international midfielder has taken the unusual step towards the Scottish Premier League, and it has been a rough start for him as the team have yet to win after eight games with Robertson making a start, in a cup match.
Tommy doyle (Hamburg) – another bold move for the FA Youth Cup-winning midfielder, and he had to be patient. But he had a huge impact on his debut as a substitute last week, continuing the final minutes and hitting the bar to force an own goal on a recovering defender. Now with England Under-21.
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Aro Muric (Adana Demirspor) – The great Kosovar goalkeeper, hero of a Carabao Cup penalty shootout victory in Leicester in 2018, has become a forgotten name at City, and is trying to rebuild himself among newcomers to the Turkish Super League Adana Demirspor, alongside Mario Balotelli – but he ended up on the bench.
Matt smith (Hull) – The Welsh international midfielder was a regular at the Championship but found himself substituted at half-time in the recent loss to Sheffield United.
Ben knight (Crewe) – After scoring for the first team in pre-season, the forward scored his first senior goal for the Railwaymen in an EFL Trophy win at Shrewsbury, but his appearances were limited by a knee injury .
Daniel Arzani (Lommel) – Australia’s international left-winger was slow to settle in at sister club City, but started to have consistent playing time.
Yan Couto (Braga) – the very promising right-back was at City for the preseason but does not play in Portugal – and has started three of the last four games for the club fifth, right-back and right-back.
Morgan rogers (Bournemouth) – challenged to break into the squad for the Championship leaders, wide striker Rogers did OK, in and out of the Cherries side, making five appearances so far.
Callum doyle (Sunderland) – One of the biggest achievements among loaned players, the 17-year-old center-back was named future England captain by teammate Bailey Wright after an exceptional start to life at the Stadium of Light. He was a key man as the Black Cats pushed for promotion.
Yangel herrera (Espanyol) – The Venezuela international has been linked with £ 20million transfers to West Ham and Leeds after a strong season on loan at Granada last year. But nothing came to fruition, and he’s back in La Liga, where he got off to a cruel start, breaking his leg.
Claudio Gomes (Barnsley) – The much-vaunted defensive midfielder appears to have revived his career at City with strong performances at right-back for the Blues junior teams last season. Manager Markus Schopp said this week: “He comes from a great club, but he has a lot to work on, to develop. We’ve seen the good things he can offer, and we’ll give him the time and the chance to find his way for us throughout the season.
Patrick roberts (Troyes) – Well in the last-ditch saloon after six years at City, but the widely traveled winger has only played 13 minutes for the French sister club Les Bleus this season.
Pablo Moreno (Girona) – another who briefly featured for City in the preseason but left for another CFG outfit. The striker has managed just 16 minutes in the Spanish second division so far.
Philippe sandler (Troyes) – the center-back had an injury-wrecked loan at Anderlecht, and his stint at sister club Troyes had an unsatisfactory start – he played 13 minutes as a substitute in one game and was pulled out after 58 minutes of his only departure to date.