Palmer, 21, has impressed for Chelsea and showed nerves of steel when scoring an injury-time equalizer against former club Manchester City in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge recently. . And it was his fourth successful penalty kick this season, earning him the nickname “Cool Palmer”.
Not only that, this attacking striker admitted that although he grew up in Man City’s academy, he is a passionate fan of Man United and admired their 253-goal scorer Rooney as a child. Palmer recently gave an interview: “What an excellent player. Growing up, I often watched all the football matches and the person who stuck in my mind was Rooney. Since I was a child, He was my football hero.”
The young star has just been called up to the England team, where Rooney is also a historical hero. In July this year, Palmer celebrated the EURO championship with the England U21 team as a reserve player for boyhood club City. He decided to leave Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning side to move to London in an initial deal worth £40 million at the end of September.
Despite scoring for Man City in the Community Shield match against Arsenal in August, the player was still not convinced by Guardiola’s promise of more playing time at the Etihad. Palmer, who can play as a number 10 or on the flanks, believed he could get his chance when Riyad Mahrez arrived in Saudi Arabia. But that all changed when Belgian winger Jeremy Doku was signed just two weeks later.
Those who think Palmer should be as patient as Phil Foden. When asked about Foden’s impressive patience, Palmer replied: “You can take inspiration from that – but not everyone is the same. People have different paths. City’s problem is not allowing You leave on loan, which I respect. That’s what they do, try to keep you in the first team and learn from the best players. I’m the type that needs to play.”
After all, in the summer, Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva were both denied transfers. But Palmer was allowed to go because Guardiola believed he could help them comply with Financial Fair Play.
Since moving to London, Palmer’s friendship with Sterling, 28, has been key to helping him adapt to his new environment. Palmer has been close to Sterling since his time at City. Chelsea insiders say Palmer is a shy guy and for him, the football field is a much more comfortable place. Chelsea may now have to pay Man City a small additional payment if Palmer plays in this month’s EURO qualifying matches.
Thanh Vu | 12:52 November 14, 2023