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Cole Palmer becomes third U21 or younger player to reach 30 goal contributions in Premier League season

Published at :May 5, 2024 at 9:49 PM
Modified at :May 5, 2024 at 9:49 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Palmer has currently scored 21 goals in the Premier League this season

Just one day shy of turning 22 years old, Cole Palmer joined Robbie Fowler (94-95 & 95-96) and Chris Sutton (93-94) as the only players in Premier League history to attain 30+ goal involvements in a single season while still under 21 (21 goals, 9 assists). Masterful.

Ever since coming to Chelsea, the forward has enjoyed a massive breakthrough season given that when he signed there wasn’t a lot of hype about his acquisition as he barely got minutes on the pitch at City.

But now the forward has 21 Premier League which is certainly a massive achievement for a forward from getting no game time to instantly becoming a club’s best star.

Cole Palmer’s tenure at Manchester City was an interesting statistical study in and of itself. He scored seven goals in six different tournaments, including one for the Under-21 team that won a Football League trophy, yet none of them came in the Premier League. His career at Chelsea has been amazing.

He was a stand-in for a record-breaking club last season, playing just 130 minutes in the Premier League before the title was won and none in the Champions League knockout stages. In exchange, he became a star player for a record-breakingly expensive team.

Palmer has a certain air that is distinctly Mancunian—he has a swagger, an attitude, and a direct readiness to use just two words rather than a dozen. He’s the Wythenshawe lad who was on City’s books since under-eight, in between breaking his mother’s pipes while playing football in the garden.

Erling Haaland shooed him away in jest as he cheekily poked his head into a City huddle to mark his first game against his former employers.

However, it seems to be a feature of Palmer’s character—his inability to back down, his enjoyment of the situation, and his ability to take centre stage.

Up until this season, he was a big-game spectator for City. However, he has proven to be a big-game participant for Chelsea, scoring goals against Arsenal and Tottenham as well as earning a brace in a Carabao Cup semifinal.

When you take into account his two goals in the Community Shield and Super Cup for City, not many players have scored in more important games this season.

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