With the help of impressive financial strength, Manchester City have nonetheless managed to capitalize on becoming the standard club in England in recent seasons. Active in terms of transfers, Mancunians also remain a club of talent in terms of coaching. Phil Foden (22), Cole Palmer (21) and Rico Lewis (18) are good examples, as is James McTee (20), who went on loan to Sheffield United. Also trained over the years by Brahim Diaz (Milan), Jadon Sancho (Manchester United), Romeo Lafia (Southampton) or Jeremy Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen), Manchester City has become a leading academy in England (consecrated in 2021, 2022 and 2023). In this ideal environment for the expression of young talent, Carlos Borges has been growing up since 2014.
The then 19-year-old Portuguese left winger arrived from Sporting CP when he was just 10 years old. Brought up within the English club as well as the Portuguese selection where he is now a member of the U19 squad, the Sintra native has just had an extraordinary season. Carlos Borges, a quick and energetic technical player who has improved thanks to futsal, impresses in the young teams of the English club. Better on the left, but also capable of developing on the right, he has already been crowned 2021 Under-18 Player of the Year for the Sky Blues. He also took the opportunity to take his first steps in the youth league. A contest that excelled this season.
Great youth league
Certainly eliminated as the Manchester City side in the Round of 16 stage against future finalist, Hajduk Split (2-1 after extra time), Carlos Borges was one of the best players in the competition and he is also our kind eleven. Author of 4 goals and 6 performances in 6 matches, he will be decisive in every meeting in this competition. Of great importance to the English workforce he has been throughout the season. Besides the offensive side, he has focused on providing more defense this season.
He was greeted by his coach Brian Barry Murphy last February during the 3-1 win over Liverpool: “He’s constantly improving that aspect of his game and for me his performance today was full of leadership qualities the way he played for the team and helped Tom Galvez in defense when he needed help. Liverpool have a unique way of playing the way they look to break through your line again and again, so there he was A lot of defensive work for Carlos. So, for me, it’s really helpful to show him the benefits of working hard for the team and then taking chances.”
Eyes on the first team
Taking full chances, Carlos Borges who never stopped taking his team to the Premier League 2 title thanks to his performance. It’s simple, a player who has made 33 appearances this season has no less than 29 goals and 18 performances for Manchester City’s Under-21 side. Staggering numbers confirm the emergence of a phenomenon. The latter also has as a model the player who regularly faced the Sky Blues when he was at Liverpool, Sadio Mane. “I look at Sadio Mane, he’s a great winger, a great player. I admire him. He’s quick and direct. He doesn’t do much, he likes one pair and when he needs to go, he goes.”Carlos Borges explained in an interview with Manchester Evening News last february.
The player, under contract until June 2024, also took the opportunity to make a call-up with the first team: “It means a lot, I’ve worked for it practically all my life. It’s not easy at this stage in such a club, but I have to keep working and working. If we get the chance, we have to take it.” This has shown since he has been able to train with the first team since then. Besides, he has just been named Premier League 2 Player of the Year for the 2022/2023 season. So the lights are green for Carlos Borges, whose career looks promising.