Rico Lewis is a Manchester City academy graduate, now slowly establishing himself in Pep Guardiola’s first team. The arrival of Gvardiol with the flexibility in playing positions provided by the likes of Akanji and Ake might have prompted thoughts of Lewis being pushed down the pecking order.
Roll the first game week of the season, and it was indeed Lewis starting in the first team, finishing the match with a complete playing time of ninety minutes.
Lewis’s name in the starting eleven of Manchester City should not be at all that much surprising. Cancelo’s departure last campaign to Bayern Munich made Guardiola turn to Lewis as his potential replacement. That was some massive shoes to fill.
At seventeen years of age, playing the first team for the time, Lewis played a total of fifteen hundred minutes. He became the youngest debutant to score in the UEFA Champions League.
In a treble-winning campaign for the blue half of Manchester, it would be utter disservice to be of the view, Lewis floated through the entirety without really playing any crucial role.
His services last season have been swiftly rewarded by Guardiola with a new contract running till 2028. The official page of the club after the announcement and the picture of smiling Rico signing the contract with his manager by the side posted a video compilation of him through the years at the club.
Rico Lewis joined the club at eight years old, before making waves in the first team he had already won multiple trophies playing for the youth teams of City over the years.
Also, surfaced was a picture of him, posted by City Report, a much popular fan page of the club, of an extremely young Lewis wearing an the 2009/10 Umbro Manchester City home kit while holding two trophies in both his hands. The usual posse footballers do after great triumphs.
The picture went down as a time capsule of nostalgia for the fans of not only where Rico Lewis had made his journey, but the club too in itself. They will be hoping Lewis playing for Manchester City replicates many versions of that picture for some time to come.