James McAtee is one of the best youngsters in the Manchester City youth ranks and he will hope for a first team chance this season.

The 17-year-old has grabbed the attention with his performances at Under-18 level for club and country.

We all know Pep Guardiola has an embarrassment of midfield riches available to him.

But McAtee will hope to get his opportunity over the course of a hectic season, most likely in one of the domestic cup competitions.

What do we know about James McAtee?

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James McAtee grew up at Manchester City

Salford-born McAtee has progressed through from the Under 11 ranks to the Under 18 side.

Phil Foden offers an obvious role model in the first team, with the Stockport Iniesta paving the way.

He’s flying already this season

As per Transfermarkt, McAtee already has three goals from just two matches so far this season.


He netted a brace on the opening day, in a 3-3 draw against Derby County, and set up the other.

McAtee followed that up with City’s only goal in the 2-1 loss against Blackburn on 18 September.

That’s some statement of intent and McAtee has started as he means to go on.

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James McAtee has faced senior opposition

McAtee came off the bench when City’s Under 21 side beat League Two Mansfield 3-0 away from home in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier in September.

That’s the kind of exposure he’ll need as his career progresses.

He’s a creative midfielder

McAtee is the kind of midfielder who wants to join in and get goals and assists.

From that point of view, Manchester City could be seen as the perfect club for James McAtee and he has an ideal mentor in Foden as his journey continues.

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