‘I just thought’: Cole Palmer explains brilliant goal against Newcastle

Cole Palmer
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Cole Palmer has now explained his thinking, as he scored a brilliant goal for Chelsea during their 3-2 win against Newcastle on Monday night.

The 21-year-old was again, at his imperial best for the Blues, scoring a goal and assisting another in the thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge.

After inadvertently setting up Jackson for Chelsea’s opener early in the first half, Cole Palmer found the net in the 57th minute, to take the scoreline to 2-1 in favour of the home team.

Mykhailo Mudryk put the win beyond doubt later in the game – rounding off Magpies’ goalie, Martin Dubvraka to slot into an empty post after coming in for Raheem Sterling.

In a post-match interview with Sky Sports, Palmer was asked to explain what was going through his mind when he grabbed his 11th league goal of the season, and the former Manchester City attacker said: “When I received the ball in between the lines, I just thought ‘I’ve seen the ‘keeper a bit to the left,’ and normally I go for the shaper, and I’ve just seen the defenders legs open. Because I’m so close to him I just thought if I can get it through his legs, it’s gonna go towards the net, and thankfully it went in.

“Get It through his legs with a bit of power, focus on the power.”

Palmer has now made 19 goal contributions after 23 matches for Chelsea in the Premier League. Jude Bellingham is the only other player aged 21 or under, to have reached that tally across Europe’s top five leagues this season.