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Manchester City Youngster Attracting Interest From Other Clubs: Should Guardiola Loan Him Out?

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In a recent report from Manchester Evening News, it was mentioned that Manchester City youngster Cole Palmer has garnered attention from various Championship clubs who are looking to strike a loan deal with the Sky Blues. It is also stated that Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he has plans for the academy talent this season however, regular football could lure him away.

Palmer’s Rise To the Senior Squad Of Manchester City

Despite being regarded as not making an impact in Pep Guardiola’s squad in the previous seasons, he emerged to prove his quality in his last campaign. The young forward managed to make the most out of his appearances, scoring three goals in all three cup competitions last term, and the attacker has made 14 first-team appearances throughout his career.

With the exit of Gabriel Jesus from the Etihad Stadium and Julian Alvarez needing substantial time to adapt to Premier League football, it is certain that Palmer would be given more minutes to impress on the right-wing this season but a loan move might be beneficial for his overall growth with regular football.

Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium

Should Guardiola Loan Him Out?

The Mancunian giants have always kept a keen eye on their academy talents, as we can see with the rise of Phil Foden. The English forward wasn’t loaned out after making a senior debut; instead, Guardiola did well to give him enough first-team chances to impress on the left flank and establish himself as a key player at the Etihad club.

Palmer is a talented individual who could prove himself if given enough chances; however, the competition to earn a position in the match-day squad is fierce amongst the players in the frontline. Erling Haaland is a guaranteed starter in the striking position. Foden is a regular on the left flank, whereas Riyad Mahrez is the preferred option on the right wing alongside Bernardo Silva, who can provide cover both in the midfield and on the flanks. Palmer is well below the pecking order, and would only be appearing in the cup competitions where the first-team members are allowed to rest.

Training with the veterans could definitely be beneficial for the youngster but playing regularly in the second division of English football could increase his growth and help him reach his potential; since the Sky Blues are well stocked in the attacking department, Guardiola could very well allow him to leave on a season-long loan and call him back in the next campaign.

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