Player profile: Marcos Lopes, forward, Manchester City

Marcos Lopes is getting more chance to show what he can do. Photo: PA

As Manchester City's star studded side amass goal after goal on their way to potentially four trophies, one youngster is starting to reap the rewards of the increasing amount of games on offer.

Teenager Marcos 'Rony' Lopes has had a few cameos in the current campaign, showing off his undoubted talents in the Capital One Cup against West Ham, as he and his team-mates strolled to victory at Upton Park.

After years of producing their own talent such as Micah Richards, Daniel Sturridge and Michael Johnson, City have begun importing some of the brightest young things from abroad and honing their attributes in Manchester. Lopes arrived from Benfica back in 2011 after impressing scouts in Portugal.

The Brazilian born 18-year-old has adapted extremely successfully to life in north-west England, as the club put more emphasis on the holistic approach in the academy to aid the development of their young footballers as players and human beings.

Where some of the foreign stars of the under-18s at City's Platt Lane academy have shone brightly, before dropping off without being able to forge their way into an ever-improving first team, with the likes of Joan Roman and Denis Suarez shipped off to Barcelona's B team, Lopes' skill and attitude have impressed club staff, winning Manuel Pellegrini's shift.

Lopes' technique on the ball gives the impression of a young David Silva, a delight to watch with his cultured left foot, which was used to great effect to find Alvaro Negredo's head in the second minute at Upton Park on Tuesday night.

It's not just his quality on the ball, it's his desire off the ball as well. You can see how hard he works.

We've known about him for a while, and is nicknamed 'Figo' and 'Ronaldo' around the club. He's got a very bright future.

– Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott on Marcos Lopes
Lopes showed another teen prodigy, Ravel Morrison, how it was done on Tuesday night. Credit: PA

The Portugal under-19 international operated from the left-hand side of midfield in the League Cup semi-final, but due to the license the City attackers had during the game, he popped everywhere in the final third throughout the 90 minutes, also setting up Sergio Aguero for his goal, slipping through a decisive pass for the Argentine to get on the end of.

He can influence the play with his ability to beat opponents with the ball at his feet, speed of thought when picking a pass and fearless attitude when facing more physically developed players in the top flight of England football, repeatedly being able to plough his way through the centre of the park to create chances for himself and others.

If he continues to progress at his current rate, he will be challenging Silva and Samir Nasri for a role in the team, but could also be allowed to spend next season out on loan at one of City's trusted feeder clubs across the globe, to gain some regular experience of first-team football.

As Manchester United use Adnan Januzaj as their key attacking spark in a much-maligned side this season, it could be a fascinating Premier League battle for the next decade to see who is the best playmaker in town, as Lopes breaks into City's squad.

I think he is a very good player, he’s just 18 years old, he has a great future and for him it’s very important to play in the way he did today in our team.

– Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Amazing feeling to grab my phone and see so many nice msgs! Happy to be voted MoM for the 1st time and even happier to get us to Wembley! :)


One of Lopes's best qualities is how grounded he is. Won't think he's suddenly made it. He'll work as hard in training tomorrow as always.


Lopes praised the holistic approach at #mcfc which is making his transition to first team more straightforward