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Man City Loan Watch: Top five players Guardiola should be watching

Manchester City have a stacked squad. The quality at Pep Guardiola's disposal can be attributed to City's massive spending power rather than youth development, and that is unlikely to change in the near future.

City, though, have a lot of talented players out on loan, most of whom will probably never get a chance to feature for the first-team because of the high expectations placed on Pep's side every season.

Here's a look at some of the best Manchester City players currently out on loan:

Aleix Garcia

Aleix Garcia made a loan move to Girona in search of regular playing time back in 2017 as remaining in City's youth set-up would've been detrimental to his development.

His loan is set to come to an end on June 30, 2019, and judging by his performances for Girona, Eusebio is sure to be keen on signing him on a permanent basis should Manchester City deem him surplus to requirements.

The 21-year-old has made eight league starts for Girona this season and has also featured as a substitute on five occasions.

Girona aren't a prolific team nor are they particularly good defensively so Garcia's contributions can't be measured by raw stats alone, regardless, the 21-year-old has made a decent contribution to Girona's comfortable first-half of the season with one assist and an 85% pass completion rate as his side currently occupies ninth-place on the La Liga table, five points away from fourth-placed Real Madrid.

Douglas Luiz

It's no secret that Girona has strong ties with Manchester City which is why City often sends some of their players to the La Liga outfit to gain some top-flight experience.

Luiz was signed by Manchester City in 2017 from Vasco de Gama but was quickly loaned out to Girona last season due to work permit issues. He re-joined Girona on loan at the start of the season and has since then featured eight times in La Liga.

The 20-year-old is great at providing additional cover for his side's back four thanks to his physicality. He's great in the air and good with the ball at his feet but often avoids making tackles, an aspect of his game that needs to be coached.

Luka Ilic

Serbian attacking midfielder Luka Ilic has enjoyed a decent individual season despite currently plying his trade for relegation-threatened side NAC Breda who sit in 17th-place on the Eredivisie table.

The Manchester City loanee has bagged 2 goals and made two assists in 10 games thus far amid Breda's poor start to the season. Ilic is an exceptional dribbler with great passing ability but it's worth noting that he lacks blistering pace and consistency in front of goal but thanks to his speed of thought he's able to excel as a CAM.

Being 19-years-old, Ilic still has a lot of time to develop into a great player. He's sure to be watched closely by Manchester City scouts each time he plays hence there's a chance that he could be part of City's first-team squad in the next couple of years most likely as a rotation option, that is, of course if he manages to impress tremendously within that period.

Marlos Moreno

Marlos Moreno is currently on loan at Brazilian side Flamengo where he's notched up 21 appearances and scored just one goal.

Standing at 5'7, Moreno has a low centre of gravity and is able to make sharp turns whilst running with the ball, but despite being diminutive, he's quite strong on and off the ball.

He's a versatile forward as he's able to play as a striker and as a winger on either flank, but he's more suited to playing as a winger due to his poor finishing ability. His side currently sits second on the Brazil Serie A standings and whilst he's only bagged one goal this season, he's put in some very decent performances.

Going forward the Colombian winger needs to work on his finishing in a bid to become a real threat in the attacking third.

Pablo Mari

At 25 years old, Mari is the oldest player on this list, but he's undoubtedly one of the best. The centre-back is currently on loan at Deportivo La Coruna who play in the Spanish second division and are currently one of the best sides in the League sitting at 3rd-place with Mari being an integral member of the team.

Mari has made 15 appearances for Deportivo thus far, scoring two goals. His efforts have helped Deportivo to maintain a solid defensive record as they've conceded just 12 goals in 17 games – only one team (Alcorcon) has a better defensive record than them.

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