Luton Town is not an easy opponent for Chelsea. Despite being 3 goals behind, the home team rallied strongly and made the Blues sweat. There, without Palmer’s excellence, it would have been difficult for coach Mauricio Pochettino and his team to leave with all 3 points.
Returning to the starting lineup, the former Man City player showed why he is so important to the team’s play. Of Chelsea’s 3 goals in this match, the striker born in 2002 left his mark on all 3.
In the first goal, Palmer had an extremely precise opportunity. From the Luton defender’s careless clearance, Palmer took the ball and scored extremely accurately to open the score. In the second goal, Palmer passed to Noni Madueke to score after a series of beautiful combinations in the middle of the field.
The third goal was a masterpiece for the 21-year-old striker. He ran smartly to catch the slot, before using the technique to eliminate the goalkeeper and the Luton defense and then gently put the ball into the net. The double shows Palmer’s great value.
Statistics from Opta Joe show that Palmer simultaneously scored and assisted in 4 Premier League matches this season. This is an achievement that no other player can touch. If counted from the beginning of the season, Palmer is the Blues’ best player in the Premier League.
Specifically, he had the most passes into the opponent’s third of the field (74), created the most opportunities (27), contributed to the most goals (12 goals), scored the most goals (8), most assists (4) and created the most good opportunities (7).
Cole Palmer left Etihad to come to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2023 and to date, this is considered Chelsea’s most successful transfer deal.
Coach Mauricio Pochettino emphasized: “I think when we tried to sign Palmer and when he arrived on the last day of the transfer market, we knew that he could be a quality player, a football player. The playmaker and playmaker we really want.”
Indeed, Palmer not only knows how to score but also create goals. This player is almost the biggest threat on Chelsea’s attack every time he appears. Clearly Palmer is worth the £45 million price Chelsea paid.
Personally, Palmer was also right to leave Man City. At Etihad, with a squad full of stars in the hands of Pep Guardiola, it is very difficult for this player to be given a chance. Only when he moved to Chelsea did Palmer freely struggle.
But above all, it takes talent and bravery for Palmer to truly shine in such a worn-out team. The fact that Chelsea still has a chance to break into the top of the Premier League this season is largely due to Palmer.
Tieu Lam | 22:38 December 30, 2023