A healthy following of Stoke City fans will be heading to the Academy Stadium to watch the under-18s take on Manchester City in the PL Cup final tomorrow (7.45pm).
It will be three years to the day since Stoke under-18s played against Man City in the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup. Harry Souttar, Lasse Sorensen, Tom Edwards and Tyrese Campbell have emerged from that Stoke team to challenge for the first team.
But it was a star-studded Man City side – and the Manchester Evening News’s Simon Bajowski had picked out Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz as potential superstars.
So we asked Simon again to highlight three players in this team who we could be seeing a lot more of in the coming years.
A surname that won’t need any introduction to Stoke fans but a player who is making his own reputation in the game.
A pacy, powerful forward, Delap has thrived in his first year at City after 10 years in the Derby academy and has shown an impressive ability to score goals and cause mayhem at every level he has been tried at.
Another with a physical edge to his game, Palmer can play as a forward but is also a goal threat from attacking midfield.
Like Delap, Palmer started off this season in the U18s league and has stepped up after some confident performances. Never afraid to be on the ball, Palmer is as comfortable creating as he is finishing.
City plucked Aussie prospect Robertson away from neighbours United in 2017 and have been rewarded with the youngster’s terrific development.
After overcoming a serious injury, Robertson has shown why there has been so much attention around him. He has always been excellent at dribbling and running at defenders and is now beginning to sharpen his end product.