Roy Keane hailed Cole Palmer as a quality player after yesterday’s Community Shield between Manchester City and Arsenal.
Pep Guardiola’s side lost the game on penalties, having been just seconds after from winning.
City were 1-0 up thanks to a stunning goal by Palmer.
But Leandro Trossard’s deflected strike deep into injury time meant the game went to penalties.
Kevin De Bruyne ended up missing his spot-kick.
And Rodri then followed suit.
Ultimately, it came down to a toss of a coin, so City will not be too upset.
But it sure would have been nice to land an early psychological blow on the Gunners.
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It was a shame, because Palmer’s brilliant goal didn’t count for anything in the end. But the youngster still came in for praise from Keane.
Roy Keane hails Cole Palmer after his cameo and goal for Man City in the Community Shield
Palmer did a few interviews after yesterday’s game and you could tell that he was disappointed his brilliant goal wasn’t a winner.
But hopefully he can take something from the comments Keane made about him after the game.
The former Manchester United captain said of the 22-year-old: “It’s going to be very difficult for any young player at Man City. It’s going to be very very difficult. Clearly a talented boy. Loved his interview, cool as a breeze. He was calling Pep ‘Pep’, what happened to ‘Boss’ and ‘Gaffer’?
“Quality player, and City have produced some brilliant young players over the and the key is can they get that run of games and consistency.”
Palmer has recently been linked with an exit from the club.
Supposedly, Sheffield United are now looking to land him following their return to the Premier League. Brighton have also been mentioned.
Cole Palmer did his chances of staying at Man City no harm with Community Shield cameo
It was great to see Palmer making a big contribution for City.
He was seconds away from it landed his side a trophy, and he is really unlucky.
But it is what it is. Palmer must now build on that fine cameo and brilliant goal.
He may at least be buoyed by what Keane said about him.
The straight-talking pundit knows there is a fantastic young player there, and Palmer may take great confidence from his words.
It remains to be seen what happens with him this summer. But he surely didn’t do his chances of staying any harm.