View: Time for Cole Palmer to shine with Manchester City exits on the cards for Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling
Manchester City wonderkid Cole Palmer may be the biggest beneficiary of Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling’s pending exits.
Although these would be huge losses for the Citizens with 226 goals and 141 assists between them for the club, it may be music to the ears of promising youth talent Palmer.
However, according to reports from ESPN, if the two do leave the Etihad this summer, Pep Guardiola is ready to promote the attacking midfielder to the first team.
ESPN reporter, Rob Dawson, said: 2Even in the event of Sterling’s departure, sources have told ESPN that City will remain focused on signing a left-back rather than further bolstering their attack.
“Guardiola is also expecting to use youngster Cole Palmer more regularly and there are no plans to let Riyad Mahrez leave.”
Palmer’s time to shine
Palmer has been on the periphery of the first-team squad for a while now and first made his debut for the club two years ago on (September 30) in a 3-0 away win at Burnley.
He scored his first senior goal for the club last season in a 6-1 home win against Shrewsbury Town on (September 21.)
He scored on his Champions League and FA Cup debuts as well with a goal in a 5-1 win against Club Brugge on (October 19) and a goal in a 4-1 win away against Swindon Town on (January 7.)
The England under-21 international also recently made his Premier League debut in a 5-0 win against Norwich on (March 11.)
Palmer is a left-footed attacking midfielder, with a good burst of space, close dribbling skills and a fantastic weight of pass.
He has scored a number of goals cutting inside on his left foot and bending in curling efforts past the keeper.
The 20-year-old made four appearances this season and has had to bide his time despite fans clamoring to see more of him in a similar fashion to the demand for Phil Foden game-time a couple of years ago.
Like Foden, everyone is well aware of how much a talent Palmer is, and now with Sterling and Jesus leaving, a spot in the team is in his sights and if he can continue to grow and improve, there is nothing stopping him from making the starting spot his and becoming an England international, just like his predecessor Foden did.
In other Manchester City news, Sam Edozie is set to leave the club for Bayer Leverkusen.