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Man City assistant Rodolfo Borrell has clear message for Swindon slayer Cole Palmer

Cole Palmer Man City January 2022

Rodolfo Borrell has told “huge talent” Cole Palmer to stay patient and make the most of any opportunities he gets to play in Manchester City’s star-studded side after the teenager impressed during Friday’s FA Cup win over Swindon.

The 19-year-old finished with a goal and an assist to his name as Covid-hit City cruised to victory. They ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over the League Two Robins to book their place in the fourth round. Palmer’s first major contribution was to put City’s opening goal on a plate for Bernardo Silva. Gabriel Jesus then capitalised on a defensive error to make it 2-0 just before the half-hour mark.

Ilkay Gundogan’s 59th-minute free-kick put the result beyond doubt. Harry McKirdy pulled a goal back for Swindon, but the visitors added a fourth through rising star Palmer.

Palmer finished, left-footed, into the top corner from an acute angle from the right side of the penalty area. It was his first ever FA Cup goal in his first game in the competition.

The England Under-21 international has been handed several cameo appearances this season. But forcing his way into Pep Guardiola’s starting XI is no easy matter. But such is his talent, City are in no rush to sign a replacement for Ferran Torres, instead Palmer will be afforded more game time.

And City assistant manager Borrell says the young forward needs to keep working hard to earn his opportunities.

“He obviously is a huge talent. That is no secret to anybody, so everybody has been able to see (against Swindon), but at the end of the day he is a player that is training with us on a daily basis,” said Borrell, who took the City reins against Swindon after Guardiola tested positive for Covid.

“It’s difficult sometimes to give him more minutes because you know the level of competition that we have in our squad. So it’s not easy.

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“But it’s about being patient, keep working hard, because you still have to work hard and then, when you have these kind of opportunities to show the talent that he is, (he has to take them) and he needs to show that on a consistent basis when he has the chance to perform.

“But obviously a huge, huge quality and great potential and great for us as a club. And for him as a player.”

Palmer told the club’s website:  “I just want to get minutes. I just try to do what I can to impress.

“Go in every day, train, work hard, don’t sulk, don’t moan, just get on with it.

“Hopefully my chances will come. I’ve just got to be patient.”

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City are an ‘absolutely outstanding football team’

Swindon manager Ben Garner was proud of his side for their performance against the Premier League champions.


“It was a huge game for the players and sometimes you can go out of your head and make decisions that weren’t the right ones so the important thing is we learn from it,” he said.

“There were so many positives out there, so many outstanding performances.

“You think about how much that side is worth. You look at the talent on the pitch – that’s an absolutely outstanding football team and I was really proud of how we performed against them.”

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