Shaun Wright-Phillips tips Cole Palmer to become Chelsea’s star man after fast start
He's been impressive since his move to Stamford Bridge
The Manchester City academy graduate has made a fast start to live in west London, however, picking up three goals and three assists in his first eight Premier League games for the club.
And the 21-year-old was at his devastating best last Monday as he scored and provided an assist as the Blues swept aside Tottenham in a chaotic London derby.
With such performances, Palmer has established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet in recent weeks and the former Chelsea winger was full of superlatives for the young England star.
‘He’s got the ability to be Chelsea’s star man because he’s very calm on the ball,’ Wright-Phillips said speaking to LiveScore.
‘He can slow the game down and look for that extra pass. I think he’s a brilliant player.
‘He seems to be putting himself around. And when he gets in and around that final third, he’s looking for the right passes or to get that shot off and I think that’s something Chelsea have missed.
‘When he signed it was at a time where Chelsea were going through a lot of turmoil. But he seems to have come through it pretty well and he’s started the season well.’
Despite his superb performances for club, Palmer was overlooked from the latest England squad by Gareth Southgate alongside fellow Chelsea teammate Raheem Sterling.
He could yet receive a late call-up, though, after Tottenham’s James Maddison was forced to withdraw from the squad with an ankle injury.
Palmer will have a chance to prove his case to the England boss this Sunday when he faces his former side – and Premier League leaders – City at Stamford Bridge.
Shaun Wright-Phillips was speaking to LiveScore. To read his full column, click here.
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