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Mebude’s manager wants him to be consistent in attacking areas for EDS


Aug-16 22:36 first published at 22:36 PM

After impressing in the Elite Development Squad, Manchester City starlet Dire Mebude has been challenged by Brian Barry-Murphy to be consistent throughout the season. It’s been a summer of transition at the EDS, with the majority of the squad’s key players either progressing to the first team, being loaned out, or leaving the club permanently. The new-look young Blues, on the other hand, haven’t slowed down and have begun their Premier League 2 title defence in style with two strong performances. Mebude was the star of the show in both games, winning 3-0 against Liverpool and 3-1 against Leicester City on Sunday. He scored twice against the Reds before inspiring his team against the Foxes after coming off the bench and putting them ahead three minutes later. ALSO SEE: New Look Man City EDS make a strong start in proving their manager wrong in their title defense. Mebude had 11 goals and 18 assists for the Under-18s this season, and Barry-Murphy wants him to continue being a key player in his team’s attack. “Obviously had a lot of goals and assists in the Under-18s last year,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “The challenge for him is to become as consistent at this level as he adapts to the different demands of it.” “He’s a very exciting player to watch; he knows he has a lot of things he can improve on, but I think what’s most exciting is that he’s willing to focus on that and improve his all-around game.” Mebude commented on the transition from Under-18s to Under-23s football: “It appears to be more physical and faster. It’s a significant difference, but not one that we can’t handle, and it’s encouraging to see. [I’m going to] take each game as it comes, each day as it comes. Simply try to push the boundaries. Let’s see what happens.” After his brace against Liverpool, Mebude may have felt aggrieved at losing his starting spot, but Barry-Murphy explained that he wants everyone in his group to have a fair chance and to compete hard for spots in the side. “I believe we have a small group, and I want it to be as competitive as possible,” said the coach. “So I wasn’t swayed by the fact that he scored two goals last week; I think the whole group has to be judged on merit, and everyone has to get an opportunity, and if the lads have that mentality to compete with each other, I think it will be very healthy for the group this season.” READING NEXT Bernardo is expected to stay, according to De Bruyne. Haaland has already astounded the City squad. The city is working to resolve the Haaland issue. The captain and vice-captain of the City team are chosen by the players. The most recent City news and opinions

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