Man City backed to green light Liam Delap deal after update - pundit
Alan Hutton has claimed Liam Delap “has to” go out on loan this season after links with a move away from Man City.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa defender said Delap needs match experience in order to improve his development.
According to The Athletic (30 July), Stoke City are interested in signing the 19-year-old.
City are said to be unwilling to sell the striker and any move away would have to be on loan.
Pep Guardiola’s side have already turned down a £16million bid from Southampton for the England youth international.
The forward currently has four years left on his contract at the Etihad where he has predominantly played for the Cityzens’ under-21 team.
When asked if he thought Delap should be looking to go out on loan this season, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think he has to.
“We’ve seen glimpses of him and he’s done really well. Pep Guardiola obviously sees him in the future as possibly coming back into the team and really doing some damage.
“So he’s got a lot of potential but he has to play games. There’s no point in him sitting there all season just to play the odd cup game here and there.
“I think it’ll improve his development if he goes and plays week in week out.
“He is down the pecking order at this moment in time, you just have to look at who’s in front of him. You can understand why. So I think this is a good time for him to go and get that match experience to come back a better player.
“But it has to be the right club, there’s no point in sticking him anywhere and he just becomes a target man, he doesn’t develop the way Pep wants. So he’ll have to go into a team that suits his style of play. So I think that’s what he’ll be looking for.“