July 23, 2022
Huddersfield Town target James McAtee in season-long loan deal

Ahead of the 2022/23 season, there have been plenty of outings regarding Manchester City’s group of gifted youngsters.

After impressing on loan at Portsmouth last season, rising goalkeeper talent Gavin Bazunu has secured a move to Southampton in the Premier League on a permanent deal worth up to £15million.

CJ-Egan Riley is another name who has left the club and is set to join Vincent Kompany’s Burnley in the Championship, with Taylor Harwood-Bellis set to join him on loan for the season.

Samuel Edozie and Romeo Lavia – two extremely highly rated Manchester City prospects – also appear set for permanent transfers to Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton respectively.

Moreover, midfield starlet Darko Gyabi could join Leeds United ahead of next season, for a reported fee of around £5million, with Manchester City central midfielder Kalvin Phillips’ main target going into the other direction.

One name whose plans for the upcoming season still seem uncertain is none other than James McAtee.

James McAtee has played in both the Premier League and Champions League this season (REUTERS/Alamy)
James McAtee has played in both the Premier League and Champions League this season (REUTERS/Alamy)

It’s clear how highly Pep Guardiola values ​​the 19-year-old midfielder, as he made his starring debut for Manchester City’s first team in all four competitions last season.

However, it’s unlikely the young prospect will be able to push his fellow midfielders for a few minutes in the 2022/23 campaign.

As a result, the balletic striker has been linked with a host of loan spells next season.

According to a report from Yorkshire Live, Huddersfield Town are interested in signing James McAtee on loan this summer.

However, this isn’t the first instance in which the teenager has been heavily speculated with a temporary move to the Championship side.

It was earlier claimed that the Terriers had an ‘advantage’ over other sides in a bid for his loan signing.

Moreover, the player was reportedly ‘allowed’ to chat with manager Carlos Corberan following the end of his England U-21.

Corberan is said to have held ‘talks’ with the Premier League champions to allow the boyhood Manchester City supporter a loan move to Huddersfield for the upcoming season.

Manchester City starlet James McAtee has been linked with a move to the Championship (Sportimage / Alamy)
Manchester City starlet James McAtee has been linked with a move to the Championship (Sportimage / Alamy)

While it makes sense to get regular minutes to speed up his development, it was previously mentioned that James McAtee could be set for an increase in first-team football next season.

Much like Phil Foden in how the now senior England regular was integrated into the squad as a winger, the same positional treatment could be expected of the unearthed gem.

Although Huddersfield are known for playing a progressive style of football which initially put them in pole position to sign James McAtee, it’s likely he could be destined for bigger things at Manchester City in the 2022/23 campaign.

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