Kevin Campbell lavished praise on to Manchester City gem Cole Palmer after his wondrous cameo in his side’s loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield.

Speaking to City’s official YouTube channel after the contest, the pundit was quizzed about the 21-year-old’s performance, as well as his sublime curler to open the scoring at Wembley Stadium.

Kevin Campbell lauded Cole Palmer for his impact as he changed the game for Manchester City against Arsenal.

Kevin Campbell lauded Cole Palmer for his impact as he changed the game for Manchester City against Arsenal.

Branded as ‘very intelligent’ by Ashley Cole via the Daily Mail, the youngster’s immediate future is up in the air, with Sheffield United believed to be plotting a loan move for him, as per a report on Sunday.

However, judging by Palmer’s tremendous strike as well as his silky dribbling against one of the best teams in Europe, many would plead for him to be kept in the first-team squad next season.

Kevin Campbell, much like any observer on the day was floored by a special Cole Palmer cameo, despite Manchester City eventually tasting defeat to Arsenal on penalties.

Manchester City v Arsenal - The FA Community Shield
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“I thought he was excellent. Missing that opportunity to finish beforehand and then having the wherewithal to be there and settle himself down, and execute. The execution of that strike was superb.”

“I thought he made an impact when he came on. I thought he was good.”

Cole Palmer should be the Riyad Mahrez replacement

As Kevin Campbell said, Manchester City youngster Cole Palmer proved that he is ready to mix with the big boys by exhibiting the confidence to go for the wondergoal after his initial attempt was blocked against Arsenal.

While there is no disputing the Englishman’s natural talent and confidence, there have been question marks over whether he should be given the keys at right-wing after Riyad Mahrez’s exit.

Sure, it may not be wise to hand Palmer all of Mahrez’s minutes from the past to avoid burdening his young shoulders.

But it also worth pinpointing that the Wythenshawe-born dribbler is the only natural winger in the squad and profiles extremely similarly to the Al-Ahli talisman, which makes it sensible to view him as the latter’s long-term successor.

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