Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City’s under-23s to be allowed to play in the EFL.
The Spaniard made the comments following Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup victory over Wycombe, in which City came from a goal down to coast to a 6-1 victory.
Guardiola used the game to hand senior debuts to academy graduates Conrad Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete, Finley Burns, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Romeo Lavia and James McAtee.
And he felt the game was more use to their development than competitions like the Premier League 2 or Premier League Cup.
However, such plans would be deeply controversial – and unpopular if the reaction of Birmingham City fans is anything to go by.
Alex Turton: Well that’s what is going to happen when one club goes around vacuuming up all the worlds best talent by throwing insane amounts of money about… now they want to change the whole structure of football to provide competition for the kids who were getting competitive matches at their old clubs.
Joe Wilson: Spent nearly a billion on his back line and is upset that the youngsters are not being picked? By him.
Steven van der Vaughan: We could just have a foreign player match day squad limit instead. That would offer his younger players a chance. Bet he wouldn’t support that.
Declan Harkin: Why can’t people just leave football alone, super league, world Cup every 2 years, football matches only lasting 30 minutes or whatever that idea was. Just Stop.
Bob Bralee: Great for his club not good for English Football.
Drew Stephenson: That’s what the loan system is there for!
Gavin Lacey: So what happens if they finish in the top 2 or win the play offs? Is this a wind up?
Alan Webb: They use this system in La Liga so Pep is used to how it works. If, for example, Man City B finish in the top 2 of the championship they stay on the championship because, for obvious reasons, they couldn’t play against Man City A team. I think it’s a good idea. As the man says, they’d learn more playing against clubs with crowds baying at them. Re-structure the leagues by putting B teams in say the north and south conferences and turning the league into 4 divisions of 20 maybe?
Will Drew: He’s used to it being like that in Spain with the B teams being in the second division and throughout Spanish football.
@Wilkomania1984: Tbf the Man City under 11s would beat us.