WHIZKID Cole Palmer is hoping to emulate Manchester City team-mate Phil Foden.
And it is impossible not to think of ‘the Stockport Iniesta’ when you watch Palmer play.
The 19-year-old hit a stunner on his England Under-21s debut in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Kosovo in Milton Keynes.
The strike, which saw the Wythenshawe-born teenager pull off a Cruyff turn and fire into the corner, explained why City boss Pep Guardiola decided to keep him this summer instead of loaning him out.
It is a repeat of how Guardiola dealt with Foden a few years ago when a host of clubs wanted to borrow him — a decision which has paid dividends as the England star is a City regular.
Palmer, who made his first-team debut against Burnley last season, has been with City since Under-Eights.
He started in the Community Shield against Leicester and came on in the 5-0 win over Norwich – plus scoring a beauty and starring in the Papa John’s Trophy at Scuthorpe – showing how highly Pep rates him.
And the midfielder is itching to return to his club to continue his bid of following in the footsteps of fellow local lad Foden.
He is taller than 5ft 6in Foden at 6ft 2in but shares many characteristics – the gliding runs, the footwork and the occasional outrageous bit of control.
Now he hopes to join him in the first-team at the Etihad.
Palmer said: “I can’t wait to get back to City now.
“The club is amazing, the players I’m training with every day, Phil, obviously, you know what he’s like. Hopefully, I can make my own story.
“It’s every kid’s dream to play for Man City and England. But I’ve got to keep grafting, keep doing my thing and, hopefully, I can shine through.”
He plays the game on a level I could never have dreamed of
City Under-23s boss Brian Barry-Murphy only arrived in July but is mightily impressed.
The former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, 43, said: “He plays the game on a level I could never have dreamed of.”
And if he carries on like he did on his England U21 debut, he will follow Foden on to the full international stage.
Palmer told talkSPORT: “It was an honour to make my debut.
"When I was younger, I used to work on different turns, skills and tricks, so to do it in a game is lovely.
“I don’t really get nervous. The first 20 minutes I thought, ‘I wasn’t here’ in my own eyes and then after that I thought, ‘Let’s go’. I did a bit of Cruyff and . . . goal!”
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