Teenage sensation Cole Palmer is making quite an impact for Manchester City.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder got on the scoresheet for the third time this season as the Citizens beat Swindon in the third round of the FA Cup last Friday — and his talent is becoming increasingly apparent for all to see.

But what does the future hold for Palmer? And should he be getting more minutes at the Etihad?

As Pep Guardiola’s side prepare for the visit of Chelsea this lunchtime, we shine a light on their rising star.

Breaking through
Palmer joined City’s youth ranks at Under-8s level and eventually went on to become captain of their Under-18s team.

His senior debut came in September 2020, when he played the full 90 minutes of a 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Burnley. He then enjoyed his first taste of Champions League football a month later, coming off the bench as City won by the same scoreline away to Marseille.

But Palmer has really begun to make a name for himself this term, featuring 11 times in all competitions and finding the net on three occasions.

He made his Premier League debut as a substitute in City’s 5-0 thumping of Norwich in August, and his first start in November’s 3-0 victory over Everton.

Taking his chances
The fact Guardiola handed Palmer his first league start just 12 games into the campaign — when the title was still looking like a close-run thing — is a mark of the faith and trust that he has in him.

Even though Palmer has barely played two hours of Premier League football in total, he has been included in the matchday squad for all bar three games so far this term.

And although his three senior goals to date have capped victories City already had in the bag, there can be no doubting his quality when it comes to finishing.

A stunning combination of power and placement, his strike against Swindon would not have looked out of place on any stage.

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