And the imposing six-footer – the son of the former Stoke Rory star – showed neat touches and plenty of aggression as the Blues booked a fourth-round draw at Burnley next week by beating Bournemouth 2 -1.
City are expected to start looking for another striker next year, with Sergio Aguero’s current deal expiring in 2021.
But Guardiola didn’t hesitate to bench Delap for Monday’s first Premier League win over Wolves and then pick him to start against Cherries – one of the seven academy offspring of the XI.
The manager added a caveat as Delap is still in the learning process, but he clearly likes the idea of adding a big, lively striker to Aguero’s power and finish, and Gabriel’s stampede. Jesus.
“He’s a different striker than what we have in terms of physique,” Guardiola said.
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“We see in training how good he is as a finisher. Now he must be calm and continue to work.
“We are delighted with his performance – he played really well.
“The situation we find ourselves in now is that we only have 13 players available in the first team. We need academy players, not just in practice sessions.
“With the problems we have up front, Liam will stay with us. We’re going to use him but we can’t forget like we’ve talked about Phil (Foden) in previous seasons – we want to talk about him quickly.
“He’s only 17, he has a lot to improve. They need their own time, you can’t anticipate every young player’s process but like Phil and Eric (Garcia) and Tommy (Doyle) or Liam or Cole Palmer will be another exceptional player.
“Kudos to the academy for all the guys who are involved, looking to recruit these players and all the managers in the academy.
“At the end, I finished the business, the last stages but before there are a lot of players who work for that. Jason Wilcox is now the boss of the academy that helps us get these players. “