TAYLOR RICHARDS says it was an easy decision to leave Manchester City and join


The teenager believes he has a better chance of progressing his career under Graham Potter at the Amex than amongst Pep Guardiola’s galaxy of stars at the Etihad.

But he is grateful for the four years he spent with the Premier League champions.

Attacking midfielder Richards, 18, told the Argus: “For me I think it was an easy decision.

“I feel I’m at that stage now that I need to push on.

“I didn’t think playing 23s was helping me, I feel like I was stuck, but all credit to Manchester City teaching me, being a better person off the pitch as well as on it, because I’ve been with them since I was 14.

“So credit to them, training every day with the top players.

“It’s hard, but you can’t blame them. They are playing for the title and they want to win everything. If I was the manager I’d do the same thing.

“I feel like this is the progress, especially under the manager who has a record for playing young players. I’m in a happy space right now and I hope it all goes well from now.”

Former Fulham prospect Richards celebrated his debut with Albion’s late winner from the penalty spot, chipped with impudence down the middle, in the 1-0 friendly victory at Crawley on Friday night.