Chelsea look like they have signed an absolute gem in Cole Palmer as he continues to shine in his first handful of games for the club.
The Blues signed Palmer from Manchester City in the final days of the transfer window in the summer, and at the time some fans were questioning why they were signing a player who they thought couldn’t make it at City and the club wanted to sell him.
Well, that wasn’t the case, at least according to journalist Ben Jacobs writing in his latest exclusive and extensive Chelsea FC column for SPTC today.
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– Palmer’s decision to leave City.
– Much more…
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Jacobs says that it was actually Palmer that wanted to leave City and the club did not want to keep a player that wanted to leave. So it wasn’t a case of City wanting him out, it was more a case of Palmer wanting to leave in order to get regular football which he obviously felt he had more of a chance of getting if he moved to Chelsea.
Jacobs said: “Cole Palmer got his first Chelsea and Premier League goal [on Saturday], and the fact he was given the penalty shows how highly he is trusted.
“Some Chelsea fans were a bit underwhelmed by Palmer’s arrival. This is maybe because if Manchester City agreed to sell, some (wrongly in my view) argue that somehow means Palmer is not quite up to elite-standards. Yet what some people don’t realise is it was Palmer who wanted to leave. Manchester City had to respect his wishes for more minutes and by departing the champions he’s probably even more intent to prove a point. Manchester City’s loss definitely looks like being Chelsea’s gain.”