Pat Nevin’s Vision: Cole Palmer’s Rise Amid Chelsea’s Troubles


Pat Nevin, the former Chelsea and Scotland winger, voices concerns about Chelsea’s struggles. Their low league position, many injuries, and no Champions League make it tough. But amidst the gloom, Cole Palmer emerges as a beacon of hope. He’s compared to a young Kevin de Bruyne. Chelsea faces daunting fixtures, first against Tottenham, then against Manchester City. Palmer’s potential shines brightly in the midst of adversity.

Pat Navin on Chelsea and Cole Palmer

Former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin speaking to BBC Sport:

“From their current league position to the long injury list, there is so much negativity surrounding Chelsea.”

“Add to that the lack of Champions League football for the foreseeable future – and the financial problems that this will bring. That is before you consider the frankly frightening run of upcoming matches in the Premier League. Don’t even mention the terrible atmosphere at Stamford Bridge”.

“There are rays of hope, however. The brightest is Cole Palmer.”I was wary of saying it out loud before but, watching him at the Bridge once again, I am convinced this lad could be world class very soon.”

“He is the closest I have seen to a young Kevin de Bruyne for a very long time.”

Palmer’s career so far

As a devoted fan from his early childhood, Cole Palmer started his journey with Manchester City at the tender age of under-eight. Gradually, over the years, he consistently sharpen his skills, steadily progressing through the ranks of their esteemed Academy. In a significant move, precisely in September 2023, Palmer made the bold move to the Premier League by inking a substantial seven-year contract with Chelsea, thereby affording the possibility of extending for an additional year. Notably, the reported transfer fee stood at a substantial initial £40 million, potentially augmented by additional sums of up to £2.5 million in add-ons.

Since making his debut with Chelsea, Cole Palmer has made his presence felt in 8 matches. In this relatively short period, he has showcased his skills by scoring 2 goals and providing 2 valuable assists to support the team.

Chelsea’s upcoming fixtures

Chelsea’s upcoming fixtures include a significant clash on 7th November against the current table-topping team, Tottenham. Following this challenging encounter, they are set to face the previous season’s title winners, Manchester City, on 12 November. This busy schedule presents a formidable test for the team in the coming weeks.

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