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Palmer: City team-mates are helping me so much

Cole Palmer has revealed how his experienced City colleagues have been crucial in helping him feel at home in the first team set-up – both on and off the pitch.

The 19-year-old has already made a big impression this season and produced a man-of-the-match performance in Friday night’s FA Cup third-round 4-1 win at Swindon Town.

As well as providing two assists, Palmer also executed a stunning strike for City’s fourth goal to set the seal on what was a superb all-round display.

It was just the latest in a series of fine performances this season from the England Under-21 international who signed a new long-term contract last summer.


And reflecting on his progress this term, Palmer pointed to the way that all of his illustrious City team-mates had gone out of their way in helping him integrate him into the Pep Guardiola’s squad.

“When I first moved up to the first team I obviously thought: ‘Wow, I am playing with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and players like that’,” Palmer recalled.

“I wouldn’t say it was normal, but I am getting used to it every day, training with them and playing with them when I get minutes. I am enjoying it.

“They all make me feel at home every day when I go in.

“It is not just on the pitch, but off the pitch as well.

“They all give me advice, tell me what to do and what not to do, so I really enjoy it.”


The attacking midfielder once again demonstrated his versatility in the County Ground victory, shining in a role that saw him deployed predominantly on the right flank.

For his part, Palmer admitted he was happy wherever he was asked to contribute– with his overarching priority centred around trying to help the team wherever possible.

“Wherever I play, I like playing,” Palmer added.

“I don’t mind [playing] on the right. I like trying to take players on and on the right, you can do that.

“I just enjoyed it and tried to create chances to help the team. When I play, I just try to score and create chances.

“Hopefully I will get more minutes by working hard, keep going, keep my feet on the ground and keep striving for more.”

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