For 48 hours, Manchester City held every single academy trophy on offer this weekend.
After securing victory in the U18 Premier League national final on Saturday, City completed the set of the league trophies at under-18, under-23 and senior level. Having won the delayed FA Youth Cup last year and still being the last winners of the U18 Premier League Cup, City’s academy were the holders of every youth title.
Aston Villa took the 2021 FA Youth Cup on Monday to declutter the City trophy cabinet ever so slightly, but that’s not to distract from a superb couple of years at academy level for the young Blues.
Against Fulham in the U18 National final, City were quick out of the blocks, scoring twice in the first seven minutes before running out 3-1 winners.
Carlos Vicens had called upon some under-23 regulars to help out for the big game, with Sam Edozie scoring the opener and setting up the second in a blistering start.
“It’s a final so I was very hyped up,” he said.
“I came out all guns blazing. I gave everything I could throughout the game. I’m very happy to put on a good performance in the final.
“It’s great, obviously we’ve won three trophies now for me. That’s a big achievement. I came to City to try and win trophies so three in one season is amazing. I’m very happy.
“Winning the league is the first step, it’s a big achievement to win the league. Once you win the league you want to be the best in the whole of England. You want to win the North vs South, and everyone’s very happy.”
Edozie is one of a few lucky academy players to be part of the FA Youth Cup winning side, as well as the U23 and U18 champions – something he says has justified his move up north from Millwall in 2019 – and that’s showing in his game as a result.
“Being one of the older players coming down to the U18s, there’s a lot of responsibility to put in good performances and bring up the team,” he explained. “I’m just happy I could do it for Carlos and the under-18s.
“It’s different switching from playing with certain players to new players. To be fair, the quality of football is basically the same. I put a lot more pressure on myself to perform for the under-18s because I’m one of the older players, but the quality of football is the same. It has been difficult but happy to have won the north and south.
“I like to play the big games, I’ve always been like that. I see the big games as an opportunity to show what I can do and I feel like I did that today.
“You can’t forget a season where you’ve won three trophies. I will be cherishing this season and looking back over summer, looking at the achievements.
“Moving up from London to Manchester wasn’t an easy decision but it’s paid off, I’m loving my football. We’re winning which is what I came here to do, so I’m very happy to have made the move.”