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Mauricio Pochettino ‘didn’t want to sign’ Cole Palmer for Chelsea in summer window

Published at :December 1, 2023 at 11:28 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 3:47 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Cole Palmer has scored four goals for Chelsea so far

Cole Palmer caused a stir when he shockingly transferred from Manchester City to Chelsea, their rivals.

The Englishman, who failed to secure a spot in the starting lineup of the triple winners, moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer for an alleged fee of £45 million ($57 million). With the Blues, the 21-year-old has created waves.

In a 4-4 draw with his former team, he even scored an equaliser in injury time. The Daily Mail has revealed that Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino was opposed to the young player’s signing.

The Argentine coach thought the team already possessed enough wide attackers, but Chelsea’s head of acquisition Joe Shields ultimately persuaded him otherwise.

Cole Palmer, who has registered the third-most goals for the Blues this campaign in the Premier League, only below Nicolas Jackson and Raheem Sterling, has swiftly established himself as a starter and a fan favourite.

Last month, when the Three Lions played Malta and North Macedonia, the young player also received his first call-up to the England national squad. He came on as a second-half replacement in both matches.

Palmer became the 13th player from Chelsea to represent England under Gareth Southgate’s captaincy when the team played Malta, according to Opta. This is the most players from any Premier League club.

In an attempt to get back to winning form following a 4-1 loss to Newcastle United last weekend, Palmer is expected to start for the Blues against Brighton on Sunday, December 3, according to Pochettino, who has expressed surprise with his play.

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