Champions League dream alive for Kayky after rising to Pep Guardiola’s Man City challenge – Alex Brotherton


On the final day of the January transfer window Manchester City completed the signing of Argentina forward Julian Alvarez, one of the hottest young prospects in world football.

While City fans will have to wait until next season to see the 22-year-old pull on a sky blue shirt, there is another exciting South American talent already at the club who could see game-time before the end of the season.

Brazilian attacker Kayky da Silva Chagas – known simply as Kayky – agreed to join City from Fluminense last April for an initial fee of £9m, with City supporters wowed by online videos of the teenage sensation’s skills.

On Monday, City revealed their squad lists for the Champions League knock-out stages, with Kayky replacing Ferran Torres in Pep Guardiola’s squad. The thing is, Kayky has barely featured for the City first team this season.

After joining up with the Blues over the summer, Kayky has spent the vast majority of his time playing for Brian Barry-Murphy’s U23s side, taking up the right-wing position made vacant by Cole Palmer’s promotion to the first team.

In 10 Premier League 2 outings he has scored five goals, solid numbers considering he will have needed time to adapt to a new country, language and style of football.

The winger has played just four minutes of senior football for the Blues, those coming as a late substitute in the 4-1 win at Swindon Town in the FA Cup third round.

So, now that he has been included in City’s main squad list – the likes of Phil Foden and Cole Palmer qualify for the ‘B’ list as they are under 21 and have trained at City for at least two years – can we expect to see more of him before the end of the season?

“I’d say the Champions League update is more to have him available if he’s needed because he doesn’t qualify for the B list, rather than any indication he’ll replace Torres in the squad,” said MEN City writer and EDS expert Joe Bray.

“But the fact that City want to have him available has to be a good sign and he’s clearly in that group of youngsters ready to call upon if there is space in the squad. He’s gradually been improving for the EDS, getting some good goals and getting more involved in the attack.”

At just 18 years of age, patience is going to be key when it comes to Kayky. He is clearly behind the likes of Palmer, James McAtee and Liam Delap in the queue of young talents waiting for minutes in Guardiola’s side, but it’s interesting that City opted not to send him out on loan anywhere this season.

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City could have easily sent him to one of the clubs in the City Football Group to gain more minutes, but they obviously felt it more beneficial to get him bedded in at the club and used to playing Guardiola’s brand of football. The fact that he sometimes takes part in first-team training shows how highly rated he is.

“He has to settle into the rhythms and what we want and adapt in his development as a player. He’s still young but he has everything to improve,” Guardiola said of the youngster back in November.

It’s unlikely that we will see Kayky explode onto the scene in the Champions League any time soon, but with an FA Cup trip to Peterborough United coming up next month, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to imagine him making the substitutes’ bench.

As long as he keeps improving and rises to Guardiola’s challenge, we should start to see more of him over the next few months and years.

Do you think we will see more of Kayky over the next couple of years? Follow our City Is Ours writer Alex Brotherton on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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