City vs. Sheffield Wednesday: Jose Angel Pozo Set For League Cup Involvement

Former Manchester City recruitment chief Mike Rigg oversaw one of the most spectacular transfer periods ever seen in world football.

Now at QPR, Rigg took up a role at the Etihad shortly before Sheikh Mansour bought the Blues and changed the footballing landscape for good.

In his four years at the club, City spent hundreds of millions bringing in world stars such as Robinho, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli and David Silva.

Reflecting on his time with City, Rigg told in October 2012 that his best three signings were Toure, Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong and relatively unknown Spanish striker Jose Angel Pozo.

“There is a boy at City called Pozo that we signed from Real Madrid. He’s a wonderful talent,” he said.

Two years on and not a lot has been seen of 19-year-old Pozo as City try to crowbar young talent into a stellar first-team squad.

Pozo is in the squad for City’s third-round Capital One Cup tie with Sheffield Wednesday but despite playing for Spain’s under-16s, under-17s and under-18s, he is still unknown to many.

He was nominated for the Academy Player of the Year award in 2012/13 – his first full season at the club – but his development was restricted by an ankle injury last term.

But Pozo travelled with the first team squad for the Champions League game with Bayern Munich and has made an impression on Pellegrini as well as Academy chief Patrick Vieira.

The Malaga-born youngster made his name as a goalscorer at all youth levels at Real Madrid before switching to Manchester as a 16-year-old, but Vieira has tried to improve his game by playing him across a front three.

The Spanish youngster told Radio Marca: “I feel very comfortable in both the left and front. I play at several places where the coach puts me try to do my best.”

City have invested heavily in their Academy and must keep up with the homegrown rules of Uefa and the Premier League so Pozo is keen to make the most of his opportunity.

“The first thing you have to do is work and work every day so if the opportunity comes, seize it,” he told Radio Marca.

Written by Jonathan Smith who you can follow on Twitter

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