A pundit suggests that ‘rare talent’ exists. Man City’s ex-player is now regarded as “one of the best young players in Europe.”
Martin Keown feels Cole Palmer is currently one of Europe’s top young players after excelling for Chelsea after leaving Manchester City.
Palmer was a key player in Chelsea’s 3-2 Premier League triumph over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road yesterday.
The 21-year-old scored two goals and set up another for Noni Madueke as the Blues took three points.
Chelsea signed Palmer on transfer deadline day, paying City a total of £42.5 million.
Following the departure of Riyad Mahrez, Pep Guardiola reportedly intimated to Palmer that he would receive more game time at the Etihad Stadium, but the midfielder was eager for a fresh start.
So far, his decision to relocate has been vindicated – and Martin Keown made some significant accusations about Palmer last night…
Palmer was outstanding for Chelsea yesterday.
He put the Blues ahead with a powerful drive into the far corner after a botched clearing on the edge of the box.
Palmer scored his second with incredible skill and calm after assisting Madueke for Chelsea’s second.
Nicolas Jackson passed him through, and he slid the ball over Thomas Kaminski before cutting in and finishing between two Luton players.
Palmer received high appreciation from former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on Match of the Day for his goal. “This man is a rare talent,” he remarked. He’s a joy to see, exuding class in everything he does. He was the fundamental difference between the two teams.
“(He has) everything on the table, and the vision is there.” He has everything and is an excellent complement. Without a question, I’d take him to the Euros. Take a look at these numbers! With these numbers, he’s one of Europe’s top young players. He’s only just getting started, having moved away from Manchester City.”
Palmer has eight goals and four assists for Chelsea in the Premier League thus far; only Jude Bellingham has more goal contributions among players 21 and under in Europe’s top five divisions.
It’s great to see Palmer doing well.
Palmer couldn’t have gotten off to a better start at Chelsea after leaving Manchester City, and you can only be happy for him.
He made the decision to leave the Etihad in order to play more, and he cannot be blamed for that. At the Etihad Stadium, he had few and far between chances.
City paid a high price for him, but his early form suggests that Chelsea may have gotten a steal. It is too early to say Palmer is a’regret’ for City, but he has certainly begun well.
Hopefully, he can keep shining, and it would be great to see him on that England plane next summer.