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Palmer pleased to repay Guardiola’s faith in City youngsters

Palmer pleased to repay Guardiola’s faith in City youngsters
Cole Palmer thanked Pep Guardiola for the trust afforded to him and his fellow City starlets in our 6-1 Carabao Cup victory over Wycombe Wanderers.

The 19-year-old came off the bench to net our final goal of the evening as we advanced to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup

As well as providing the winger with more vital first team minutes, Guardiola also competitive debuts to CJ Egan-Riley, Finley Burns, Luke Mbete, Josh Wilson-Esbrand and Romeo Lavia and James McAtee under the Etihad lights.

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It was a perfect demonstration of the faith Guardiola has in our youth setup, with Palmer grabbing his first senior strike with a fine curling effort from the edge of the area late on.

And the winger, making his fifth appearance for Pep Guardiola’s men against the Chairboys, paid tribute to the Catalan following the full-time whistle.

“The manager trusts us, so we trust him back,” the teenager explained. 

“You can see on the training pitch how many others are training with him and to get the opportunity tonight, not just for me but for all the other boys, we are delighted.”

With the midfielder eyeing more first-team opportunities, fellow Academy graduate Phil Foden will no doubt serve as inspiration.

City's No.47 was named Man of the Match at the Etihad, netting a ferocious strike and providing two assists in a fine display and Palmer hopes he can emulate his team-mate by establishing himself in the senior set-up.

“It gives you the inspiration to see someone who has come through the Academy and go all the way through to the first team," he added.

“I don’t see why I can’t do it and hopefully, I can go on and do it."

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