‘Him and Foden will be running Manchester City’s midfield soon enough’: Fans laud praise on Cole Palmer after the teenager scores his first Champions League goal in victory against Club Brugge
- Cole Palmer made an instant impact as a substitute in the Champions League
- Raheem Sterling found the teenager who scored Manchester City’s fourth goal
- Pep Guardiola’s side romped home to a 5-1 victory against Club Brugge
- Fans have lauded praise on the 19-year-old after his impressive goal
Cole Palmer scored his first Champions League goal as Manchester City romped to a comfortable 5-1 victory away against Club Brugge.
The 19-year-old came on as a 65th minute substitute for Kevin De Bruyne and made an immediate impact.
Within two minutes, fellow substitute Raheem Sterling set up the youngster on the edge of the box, and Palmer showed composure beyond his age.
Cole Palmer came on and scored within two minutes for Manchester City to get his first Champions League goal
He calmly slotted to the right of former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to give City a comfortable 4-0 lead against the Belgian side.
Pep Guardiola’s side would end up taking a 5-1 victory over Club Brugge with goals from Joao Cancelo, Kyle Walker and a brace from Riyad Mahrez.
During BT Sport’s Champions League coverage, pundit Peter Crouch praised the way that Palmer took his finish.
The teenager was found by Raheem Sterling and coolly slotted home to make it 4-0
He said: ‘They (Manchester City) breed them differently these young lads. Champions League to get your first goal in the manner he got it – was so calm.’
Cancelo who opened the scoring, also praised the teenager, as well as Manchester City’s academy, after the match.
The Portuguese full-back said: ‘Cole is a big talent. Cole is a special player. I also like James McAtee, he is a great player.
‘Phil Foden proves the academy works. They are very promising. Creating and developing some special nights.’
Manchester City fans took to social media to congratulate Palmer on his first Champions League goal, with some saying that he will soon join fellow graduate Phil Foden as a regular in the club’s midfield.
Macauley Williams tweeted in a response to Palmer’s goal: ‘Him and Foden will be running City’s midfield soon enough.’
Brian Moore added: ‘Tell you what I cans see that Cole Palmer kid following Foden’s path and being a household name in a couple of years.’
Another Twitter user brought up Real Madrid and former Chelsea star Eden Hazard, making light that the 19-year-old Palmer has scored in the competition this season and the Belgian star has not yet done so this campaign.
His appearance in the Champions League comes three days after he featured in two games for the club in a matter of hours.
Palmer scored his first senior City goal in September in the Carabao Cup against Wycombe
Palmer came on in the final few minutes of Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Burnley, before later that day scoring a hat-trick for the Under 23’s in a 5-0 win over Leicester.
Matt Delapp tweeted: ‘3 games in 4 days – 4 goals scored – the future is bright.’
Colin Harwood added: ‘Great win tonight, Cole Palmer looks totally at home and one of our own.’