Guardiola explains Man City plan for Hamilton after his UCL debut

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Man City forward Micah Hamilton scored on his debut on Wednesday in the Champions League to become the latest academy player to break into Pep Guardiola’s side.

Micah Hamilton will remain with the Manchester City academy for now despite notching a superb goal for the senior side on Wednesday night.

Hamilton earned his first Man City start in midweek in the Champions League and scored his first senior goal

As he took on two players and fired a shot over the Red Star goalkeeper into the roof of the net. He later won a penalty and earned plenty of plaudits for a fearless performance.

Man city is happy with Micah Hamilton performance

His rise is all the more remarkable given he has spent much of the last two seasons out injured,

Telling reporters that 12 months ago he was receiving injections in his ankle before coming back this season to captain the under-21s and break into the first team.

The Crumpsall-born youngster has been the subject of calls to get more senior appearances in light of his debut,

But Guardiola insists Hamilton’s place is with the Man city academy for now.

“Oscar [Bobb] is a first-team player, Micah for the second team. We need him but his place is there,” Guardiola said on Friday. “But he’s really good and his impact in the game.”

With Hamilton and Mahamadou Susoho becoming the latest academy graduates to make their debuts for City

Also becoming the 31st and 32nd youngsters to make their debut under Guardiola

The manager explained just how important the academy is to clubs like the Blues.

“All the big clubs, the academy is an important part of many things, same goes for Man city” he explained.

“We just see what happened in the last five or six years with academy players. They help us or they make a career away with good transfers for the club to help us be sustainable economically or financially.

“I know how important it is for our fans and our people to identify the young lads like Rico [Lewis], Phil [Foden], Micah coming from seven or eight or nine years old and being in the first team. It is something phenomenal. We continue to work on that and hopefully in future we can have more players in this.”

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