What is Cole Palmer’s best position?
Discussing positions for attacking players in a Pep Guardiola team is almost a non-sensical argument, because they simply don’t exist. We saw how Pep transitioned Foden into the first team, debuting him at left back and playing him in multiple attacking positions ever since. All of us were expecting midfield to be the place where Foden would finally end up. But, Pep always thinks in ways that sound like madness to even seasoned coaches. Foden has been transitioned into one of the best left sided wide players in europe. This brings an intriguing question to my mind about where Palmer might actually end up.
Palmer has started mostly in the false 9 position for us this season and has done reasonably well there, but i thought that the right winger postion where he predominantly ended up in the FA cup tie against Swindon is where he belongs. All his fantastic qualities of Dribbling, composure at putting a pinpoint cross in and taking on his man were all visibly evident.
Palmer has been dubbed as the next Riyad Mahrez at the academy level and his display against Swindon Town provides great evidence for it. Specially in a Pep Guiardiola team, wide players always get opportunities to go one on one against the opposition full back and this is where Palmer can be devastatingly ruthless.
This might be a overhyped statement, but i think Palmer is the best right sided player we have got right now, even ahead of Jesus and Mahrez. The simplicity with which he took out 2 Swindon players with his dribbling was one of the best pieces of wide play i have seen from a city player in years. This guy is surely the next crown jewel in City’s star studded crown