Club: Manchester City
Position: Centre Back
Date of Birth: September 21st 1989
Place of Birth: Manchester, England
Previous Club(s): None
Captain of Manchester City’s academy and Reserve teams, Mee has long been a leader at the club, and is set to be the next in line of a spate of recent defensive products over the last few years. He broke through to national attention during City’s run to the FA Youth Cup Final, where captain Mee scored a crucial goal in the second leg against Chelsea and ultimately lifted the trophy as captain. It led to him being selected as a late replacement call-up to England’s European Under-19 Championship squad, where he emerged as the best player in a disappointing tournament. It was even more of an achievement as he played in an unfamiliar midfield role.
He notched another goal in that tournament, again a header from a set-piece, indicating his impressive aerial ability for one not exceptionally tall. It’s part of a game which is quite typically English – he’s robust, committed, a good organiser, and is generally hard to beat for opposing players. He shows enough pace and strength to get him out of jail when needed but his positioning and reading of the game prevent him from getting into that position too often.
After his Youth Cup success and England representation, Mee stepped into the City Reserve team full-time for 08/09, testing himself against much bigger, stronger, and more experienced opponents. By his own admission, it’s been a rough and bumpy ride at times, but one he’s getting to grips with each and every game, and developing all the while. City recognised this in February by offering Mee a new deal to expire in 2011, and by giving him the opportunity to train with the first team, defending against the likes of Robinho, he’s learning and developing even quicker.