Micah Hamilton has opened up on the struggles that led to his unforgettable Manchester City debut in the Champions League this week.
The City Academy star was perhaps a shock selection in the starting eleven to face Champions League Group G opponents Red Star Belgrade Wednesday evening. But with little to play for and host of injuries, the 20-year-old was handed his senior debut.
The winger made the most of that debut as well, putting the Blues into the lead with a sensational 19th minute strike from the right wing. He followed that goal up with a solid showing on both flanks as Pep Guardiola’s men took home all three points.
But there was more to the story for Hamilton during the memorable few days surrounding his debut. Speaking after the match, the forward reminisced on his performance, and the injuries that have plagued his young career.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all to be honest. I walked into the meeting room yesterday and Pep was going through the team and he said my name on the right wing.
“I was in shock, with jelly legs. It was all mad. I couldn’t even sleep last night just taking everything in.
“I went onto the pitch (Wednesday) and thought I need to play without fear. I eased into it in the first 10 minutes and then took my opportunity when it came.”
“What’s mad is that a year ago today I was getting injections in my ankle and now I’ve scored on my debut for the first team. It’s crazy.”
Those injuries have not stopped Hamilton from being one of the City academy’s most prolific young talents in recent seasons. And while he has been on the periphery of the first team, a strong showing in Belgrade could go some way towards securing a future at the top level.
Up next for Manchester City however, is a Premier League showdown with Crystal Palace. The stars will surely return to the lineup for the champions as they look to secure just their second league win in their last five matches.
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