By Frank McAvennie

6th Nov, 2022 | 6:00pm

Pundit 'impressed' by Man City wonderkid Rico Lewis as BT footage re-analysed

Frank McAvennie has hailed the “conveyor belt” of talent at Man City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker hailed Rico Lewis’ Champions League goal and praised City’s decision to play the youngster.

As shown on BT Sport (2 November), the 17-year-old scored to put the Sky Blues level in their final Champions League group stage game.

The right-back started the 3-1 win over the Spanish side in their final European game before the new year.

With his goal he became the youngest player to score on his first start in Champions League, taking over from Karim Benzema.

McAvennie hailed Pep Guardiola’s decision to start the youngster.

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“They have got a conveyor belt,” he told Football Insider.

To come on and play in the Champion’s League is every boy’s dream. To get a goal is lovely but he will be back down the pecking order now. It just shows you that Pep thinks about it.

I am impressed but Man City were through anyway, that is why he played. But it is great that they can do that. There is nothing better than playing in a game like that.

You can play 40 under-23 games and you would not get the experience you get from standing on the pitch and hearing that Champions League music playing. That will do him the world of good, every one of the youngsters that came on, it’s unbelievable.

He has made a great account of himself, it is good for the game and good for the future of both clubs and long may it continue.

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