City 18's 7 Newcatstle 1. Here's a report I nicked from Twosips.
They were fantastic. Really exciting group of players. Could name basically all of em as standouts. Really, really liked the centreback pairing of Finley Burns and CJ Egan-Riley. Both powerful, both very good with the ball. New left-back from West Ham, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, was a real threat throughout. Many have heard of Joe Hodge by now, but he once again was excellent. Only small, but a great passer and an absolute terrier off the ball. Won it back so many times. Cole Palmer was taking the piss at the end. Got loads of assists and a goal, and he reminded me of Nasri technically. Couldn't get the ball off him at all and had a really natural dribbling ability. Glided past players.
McAtee is an excellent finisher (grabbed the match ball in the end) and a very silky midfielder too. Foden comparisons make sense. Oscar Bobb had a really, really impressive cameo. Ultra-composed and was very encouraging in that inside left position that David Silva picks up so well. Can't help but impressed by the new guy up front too - Liam Delap. He's big, he's strong and he's very direct. Runs past people frequently and he'll score an absolute tonne. Genuinely a complete striker. Fiorini and Robinson had good games too. Shauny's lad was the only real let down for me. He was fine, but we seemed a lot less threatening down his side than we did the left.
All in all, it could have been ten very easily. Absolutely huge gulf in class and it seems the 18s have a very strong squad. I suspect they'll go far in all the comps they're in this year! Like this new crop a lot.
Probably getting a little carried away as Newcastle weren't very good but it was a fun watch and there is plenty of talent there. I would add a little re Oscar Bobb. There was just something about his brief performance that made me sit up and take notice. Could be a star so hopefully I will see plenty more him to find out.