Pep Guardiola is known for his abilities to nurture talents, though the rusty nature of the Premier League has seen very limited play time available for the City youngsters. And Carabao Cup mid-week meant we atleast get to see some young blokes looking for that next big step, Eric Garcia is one of those teens who has been trusted with defensive duties in the EFL Cup.
Young Eric Garcia put in another impressive shift in Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Southampton to progress into the quarter finals of yet another silverware. The Spaniard has made five senior starts for City, all in the Carabao Cup, and has never ended up on the losing side.
Garcia was handed his Premier League debut as a late substitute in the 8-0 victory over Watford last month.
With Aymeric Laporte missing out big time with knee injury and the duo of Otemandi & Stones only just back after nursing injury of their own, Eric reckons he’s ready to step up if another defensive setback strikes Pep Guardiola this campaign.
“With these games, it helps to be ready if someday I have the opportunity to play,” he said after the Carabao Cup victory over Southampton.
“These type of games are the ones that are really helping me.
“Having the centre-backs we have like John, Nico and then Fernandinho can play there, or Rodri did play there and they play really well so I keep working and wait for my opportunity in these kinds of games to prove I can also play.”