Man City kids keep Eriksson team humming

Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson says the club's local players will have every chance to establish themselves.

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Now, with the wealth of former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra driving them forward, having home-grown talent on tap is not quite so essential.

However, Eriksson still found room for four former academy stars in his current starting line-up, including England star Micah Richards, with another on the bench in the former of Under-21 defender Nedum Onuoha.

"It is fantastic to have all these young players," said Eriksson.

"You can only congratulate the academy for the work they have done."

At a time when Eriksson's eight new signings are still finding their feet, the contributions of Richards, Michael Johnson, Kasper Schmeichel and midfield schemer Stephen Ireland are a key component of City's excellent form.

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