Men's Team

Palmer up for Golden Boy award

Cole Palmer has been named in the 60-strong shortlist for the 2022 Golden Boy award.

The trophy, organised by Italian sports paper Tuttosport since its inception in 2003, sees votes cast for the top football player under the age of 21 currently active in Europe.

Palmer has enjoyed a truly memorable 12 months, seeing him make his Premier League and FA Cup debut, while also grabbing his first senior goal for City.

The 20-year-old went on to find the net in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup in a breakthrough campaign and is now firmly established as a regular member of Pep Guardiola’s squad.

Indeed, the England youth international would surely have earned more than the 11 first team appearances he picked up across the 2021/22 campaign but for a foot injury sustained in January.

The winger was also pivotal in helping our Elite Development Squad claim back-to-back Premier League 2 titles, finding the net in the 3-1 victory over Leeds United that clinched the title.

And Palmer’s rapid rise has been recognised by his inclusion in Tuttosport’s 60-strong shortlist.

Amongst the other contenders on the list, there is England international Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund, Eduardo Camavinga of Real Madrid, along with Barcelona duo Pedri and Gavi.

Some familiar faces have won the award over the years, including Sergio Aguero (2007), Mario Balotelli (2010) and Raheem Sterling (2014), while Erling Haaland also claimed the title back in 2020.

Further rounds of voting will see the shortlist condensed to 40 and then a final 20, before the results are revealed at an award ceremony later this year.

You can cast your vote for Cole HERE.