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FA YOUTH CUP: Success is important but producing first-team players the goal - Man City U18 coach Wilcox

On the eve of the 2015/16 FA Youth Cup final, Manchester City's Jason Wilcox has played down the importance of winning silverware at youth level.

As City prepare to take on Chelsea in the first leg on Friday night, U18 coach Wilcox has highlighted the emphasis of producing senior players for the future, which supersedes lifting trophies for the academy.

"While getting to the final is a sign we are on the right track, the ultimate goal is to get players into our first team," he said.

"Of course I want to win the trophy but I have got more satisfaction seeing some of our youngsters getting a sniff of first-team action this season.

"You look at Kelechi Iheanacho who's been a regular first-team player or squad member this season.

"Manu Garcia has been around the squad a lot this year. Others who have had a little bit of a taste - Bersant Celina, Tosin Adarabioyo, Cameron Humphreys. They're still very young.

"The best players will come through because they won't be fearful of the club being able to go and spend £50m on a player.

"There is a pathway. We believe in our product. I'm convinced that before long we'll get a steady stream of players coming into the first team."

Andrew Slevison
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