By Sean Fisher

20th Oct, 2022 | 12:10pm

Cole Palmer wants to break into the Manchester City team like Phil Foden

Manchester City starlet Cole Palmer is planning to follow Phil Foden’s footsteps in an attempt to break into Pep Guardiola’s plans.

At 20 years old, Palmer has already made 10 senior appearances for Manchester City and is on Guardiola’s radar as a promising young player at the Etihad Stadium.

But with City’s incredibly talented squad, Palmer still only finds himself on the outskirts of the first team. Instead of going out on loan though, the midfielder plans on “sticking it out” and catching Guardiola’s attention.

Speaking to Sport Bible, Palmer said: ” Before Phil there wasn’t really anyone but when you see someone do it, You think, ‘Right if he can do it, then why can’t I do it?’ 

“I believe in myself. I think I’m good enough. So I’ve just got to stick it out. And hopefully I can do it. 

“All the talk of him going on loan, it’s the same talk with me – ‘Am I going on loan?’ – but I think the best place to be if you want to get in the team and learn with the players, you’re going to have to stay there. 

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“I could’ve gone on loan but everyone thought the best option was to stay. “

A huge risk

Some of the world’s most talented players struggle to get into Manchester City’s starting lineup, so for Palmer to back himself and stay at City shows his immense personal belief.

Guardiola’s often dipped into the transfer market and City’s immense wealth to address any issues or weaknesses in his squad, but his faith in Foden has clearly inspired the club’s youth academy and given them belief that it is possible to break into his side.

Palmer has already had a taste of what it’s like to play alongside City’s stars, so who can blame him for wanting more of the same.

Having scored already in the Carabao Cup and the Champions League, Palmer has shown he’s capable of playing and starring in the first team.

He’ll likely have to wait for a major injury or a player to drop in form to be given a real run of games in the lineup, but it seems the 20-year-old is ready to patiently wait for his chance.

Only time will tell if he made the right decision, or if he’ll look back and regret turning down an early loan move.

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