Cole Palmer almost became the hero for Man City in the clash for the English Super Cup if it weren’t for Leandro Trossard’s lucky equalizer for Arsenal. So, who is he, and could he be a breakout star for the Blues in the upcoming season? Read on to find out!
Cole Palmer came off the bench to score what Man City supporters thought was the goal to secure the Community Shield. However, Leandro Trossard’s goal in the 101st minute took the match to a penalty shootout. In the end, Arsenal emerged victorious, lifting the English Super Cup. Nevertheless, Palmer remained the center of attention.
This 21-year-old player continues to progress and is likely to see more regular first-team action after Riyad Mahrez’s move to Al-Ahli.
This left-footed attacking player is the latest product being carefully molded by Pep Guardiola, with hopes of developing similarly to Phil Foden.
Who is Cole Palmer and where does he come from?
Palmer, aged 21, is a local lad hailing from Wythenshawe, Manchester. He joined Man City’s academy at the U8 level and began training with the first team in June 2020.
Despite being surrounded by numerous talents, Palmer has managed to leave his mark. Pep Guardiola previously predicted that he would be a “special player.” And he repaid his coach’s faith with a sensational goal on Sunday.
What is Palmer’s playing style like?
Palmer is a left-footed attacking player with technical flair and a diverse range of finishing abilities. His stunning long-range shot in the recent English Super Cup is the most evident proof of his talent.
He can play as an attacking midfielder or a forward. Guardiola promoted Palmer to the first team after witnessing him score 15 goals and provide 5 assists in just 14 games for the U18 squad. Palmer made his first-team debut in the League Cup fourth-round victory against Burnley in September 2020.
Which teams have shown interest in Palmer?
Brighton expressed interest in Palmer this summer after he helped the England U21 team win the U21 European Championship.
Man City is unwilling to sell Palmer but is reportedly open to loan deals with Burnley and Leicester, both of whom are keen contenders for Palmer’s signature. However, as of now, Palmer hasn’t made a decision about staying or leaving.
What did Guardiola say about Palmer?
“He will be training with us tomorrow,” Guardiola said when asked about Palmer on Sunday. “We have a lot of hopes for him. Palmer wants to play more in the upcoming season.”
“I’m not sure what his future will be like. It all depends on himself, his representatives, and the club’s board’s decisions. Personally, I always want to keep him here,” added Pep.