In Jose Mourinho’s first spell at the club, a certain Joe Cole was in top form. Joe Cole could play from the wide, cut into the centre, beat a man when needed, and play that delicate pass behind the backline.
Persistent injuries ensured we didn’t enjoy the best of Joe Cole. After that era, we had the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard who could create something with their pass and skill respectively.
Since the exit of Hazard and Fabregas, Chelsea have lacked creativity, and this has been evidenced in the team’s lack of goals in recent seasons.
The likes of Kai Havertz and Joao Felix were brought to do that job in recent years, but the desired goal wasn’t achieved.
Interestingly, Chelsea now have that man – Cole Palmer. A few weeks ago, I was a bit critical of the signing and the player, saying that he was merely a talent like the abundance of young talents at Cobham, as well as his price tag being outrageous.
Cole Palmer is now turning to be a brilliant signing, and looks to provide something extra.
Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo seem to be forming a good partnership in the middle of the pack, with Cole Palmer becoming the new ‘Joe Cole’ of the Chelsea team.
Palmer’s passes and turns often create space for the team, he’s assured on the ball, and his movements off the ball is also brilliant.
He still needs to toughen up a bit, but the young lad is just who we need. To think that he’s only 21, Chelsea indeed have a generational talent, sweetly plucked from our rival’s garden.