Cole Palmer: The Manchester City youngster who is set to explode

Manchester United’s infamous ‘Class of 92’ took the football world by absolute. The likes of Garry Neville, Paul Scholes and David Beckham all coming through is simply absurd and probably won’t happen again.

Nevertheless, Manchester City are currently doing their best to replicate it and midfielder Cole Palmer is the jewel in a star-studded crop.

Last season, City’s Under-23s won the Premier League 2 by a staggering 12 points. Palmer played a significant role too, scoring 13 goals in 14 games finishing the division’s second top scorer behind another Manchester City player – Liam Delap.

City fans were all well aware of Palmer before this season, but it’s this week that’s sent Palmer’s name into lights with the likes of social media accounts 433 sharing what a week he has had.

This past Saturday, Pep Guardiola named Palmer on the City bench for their Premier League clash against Burnley. With only a few minutes to go, the Manchester City fan was brought on for goalscorer Bernardo Silva.

Just hours later, Palmer crossed over the bridge at The Etihad Campus and started for the Under-23s as they thrashed Leicester City 5-0. Three of those goals came from Palmer, he is simply a class above the rest at that level.

Three days later, City travelled to Belgium to play Club Brugge in a must-win UEFA Champions League match. By the time the City academy graduate was brought on, Guardiola’s side were already 3-0 – this didn’t stop Palmer from adding more. With just his first touch, Palmer set himself after a pass from England winger Raheem Sterling and with his second touch, curled it into the far post past Simone Mignolet.

After the game, Pep Guardiola described Palmer as ‘special’ and described his talent as ‘difficult to find.’ Praise for a footballer doesn’t get any better than that – Pep Guardiola is a footballing god.

As for England, Palmer is impressed too. Since Aidy Boothroyd was relieved of his England Under-21 duties, he’s found his way into the squad. Lee Carsley, Ashley Cole and Joleon Lescott threw Palmer straight in the deep-end, starting him on the right-wing. He repaid their faith, scoring in his first two games. It won’t be long until he’s pushing for the first-team. Mason Mount, your position is up for grabs.

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Cole Palmer celebrates after scoring on his England Under-21 debut – https://twitter.com/iF2is/status/1435311287576285188

Palmer’s development has been likened to Phil Foden, both local City fans. Much was initially said with how City dealt with Foden – not sending him out on loan etc.

Nevertheless, if City manage Palmer as effective as they did with Foden they’ll have an absolute gem on their hands.

Written by: @TomCayless_

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