By Joe Ellis

28th Sep, 2022 | 7:29am

Manuel Akanji arrival 'difficult' for Manchester City loanee Taylor Harwood-Bellis to accept

Manchester City chose to splash the cash on Manuel Akanji over the summer which left a bitter taste in the mouth of one of their young starlets.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis has been working extremely hard to make it at the Etihad Stadium but he has once again found himself out on loan this season, now with Burnley in the Championship.

The arrival of the Swiss international has only fueled the fire within the 20-year-old who is more determined than ever to prove himself at Turf Moor and get a chance under Pep Guardiola at City.

“Obviously it is difficult seeing them sign another centre half but if you see the quality of the centre half they have signed it is a difficult one,” Harwood-Bellis said, as quoted by The Times.

“He is unreal along with the other ones. Everyone knows it is difficult but, to be fair, I just focus on what I have to do with Burnley and hopefully get Burnley promoted.”


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Things often happen later in the standard career for defenders whose longevity at the top of the game far supersedes that of attackers.

Harwood-Bellis is not far away from being a proper piece of the Guardiola jigsaw at The Etihad but he has to remain patient as much as possible and trust that the Spaniard has a plan for him.

Helping Vincent Kompany’s Clarets to an immediate return to the Premier League would be a fantastic start towards changing the manager’s mind and it might also allow him to have a loan in the top flight next season if Akanji and co are still at the club.

With Kpmany being a club legend at Manchester City, there is every chance that they will let him take the 20-year-old for another year next season if they get promoted and that should be where the decision is made on his future.

But he is still very young for a central defender and City should be in no rush to accelerate him into the senior setup right now.

In other Manchester City news, this youth football expert has had his say on whether Yeboah Amankwah should have left the club this summer.