Mauricio Pochettino was not interested in signing Cole Palmer during the summer transfer window.
This season, the Manchester City academy graduate had already appeared for the Cityzens in the UEFA Super Cup and the FA Community Shield. He did not, however, receive any assurances about his future involvement.
Palmer chose a change of scenery over a limited role at the Etihad Stadium, allowing Chelsea to make their move. Despite initially questioning the need for another wide player, Pochettino changed his mind after discussions with Chelsea’s head of recruitment, Joe Shields.
On the final day of the transfer window, September 1, Chelsea secured Palmer’s services from the reigning European champions for a reported fee of around £45 million ($57 million).
Chelsea’s significant investment appears justified in light of Palmer’s performances since joining the club.
This season, the 21-year-old has been in outstanding form for the Pensioners in the Premier League. After appearing as a substitute in the first three games, the young Englishman made his debut in a 2-0 win over Fulham in October. Despite the fact that he did not score or assist, his eagerness and commitment were palpable.
Mauricio Pochettino talks about Cole Palmer
Palmer has scored four goals and provided two assists in just six Premier League games since then, establishing himself as one of the team’s standout performers. On Matchday 12, he produced one of his best performances, a thrilling 4-4 draw against his former club Manchester City. Palmer, who was playing on the right side of midfield, scored a last-gasp goal in the fifth minute of injury time to deny City victory at Stamford Bridge.
Palmer was rewarded for his outstanding performances with his first senior international appearance for England during the November international break. On November 17, he made his Three Lions debut in a 2-0 win over Malta in the 2024 European Championship qualifiers.