‘You cannot cook a good dish if you don’t spend time in the kitchen’: Man City boss Pep Guardiola calls for patience with Cole Palmer following his first European goal… but insists ‘five or six’ academy products are ready to make their mark
- Cole Palmer’s stock continued to rise after netting in Manchester City’s win
- The 19-year-old scored City’s fourth as they beat Club Brugge on Tuesday
- But Pep Guardiola insisted a handful of other youngsters are ready to make mark
- Palmer has also been a revelation for England’s U21s since his debut last month
Pep Guardiola warned that Manchester City have another half-a-dozen academy products ready to make their mark after Cole Palmer’s first Champions League goal.
The City manager is hoping to keep a lid on the expectation surrounding Palmer but the 19-year-old’s stock continues to rise.
And Guardiola namechecked a number of other youngsters who he hopes will force their way into the first-team plans.
Pep Guardiola (centre) is hoping to keep a lid on the expectation surrounding Cole Palmer
The 19-year-old’s stock continued to rise after he scored in Man City’s win at Club Brugge
‘The people in this world want things immediately but everything needs time,’ Guardiola said. ‘You cannot cook a good dish if you don’t spend time in the kitchen.
‘Cole has a special quality that’s difficult to find, he finishes it most of the time. He’s training with us and taking our principles. He’s a player for the future of this club.
‘We also have Liam Delap, Sam Edozie, Luke Mbete, Romeo Lavia – five or six really good talented players in the academy. Who knows, if they continue to be humble and work they can be important for Manchester City.’
Liam Delap (right) and Josh Wilson-Esbrand (left) are also highly rated by the Catalan boss
Midfielder James McAtee and left back Josh Wilson-Esbrand are also highly regarded by Guardiola.
Palmer has also been a revelation for England’s Under 21s since his debut last month and Guardiola has been impressed with the teenager’s attitude.
‘He played three or four minutes against Burnley for us on Saturday and then went and scored three goals for the academy later that day,’ the Catalan added.
‘Some players might be lazy, “oh I have a status and don’t want to play”. He went there, scored three and showed what he can do.’
Guardiola said he has been impressed with teenager Palmer’s attitude after scoring in Belgium