Moises Caicedo heaps praise on Chelsea man of the moment Cole Palmer | Football


Cole Palmer has attracted a lot of attention since joining Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

Moises Caicedo has hailed his Chelsea teammate Cole Palmer, saying the youngster is a ‘very talented player’ who is delighting the rest of the squad.

The 21-year-old made a surprise move to Stamford Bridge from Manchester City on 1 September, with the Blues spending £40m on the young prospect.

He has quickly nailed down a spot in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI and scored four Premier League goals in nine outings.

The latest of those four goals was a last minute penalty to secure a 4-4 draw against the side he left over the summer, making it four penalties he has struck home so far in a Chelsea shirt.

Caicedo has been very impressed by his new teammate and praised his great impact on the team in west London.

‘We trust Cole very much. He’s a very talented player and a very good penalty-taker, so we were all very confident when he stepped up,’ said Caicedo.

‘He is showing his best form at the moment and proving just how good a player he is. We are very happy for Cole and very happy he is playing so well for Chelsea.’

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Moises Caicedo is part of the huge rebuild at Chelsea under Mauricio Pochettino (Picture: Getty Images)

Pochettino has been understandably thrilled with his arrival from Manchester as well, impressed by both his talent and calmness, which have seen him called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week.

‘He’s a playmaker that connects the whole team and makes us play better,’ said the Blues boss. ‘He is showing from the day he arrived here, he doesn’t feel the pressure.

‘The character and talent he is showing is very good for the team. I am so happy for him.’

Cole Palmer has joined up with the England squad for the first time this week (Picture: Getty Images)

Speaking about the epic 4-4 draw with the champions on Sunday, Caicedo said: ‘We’re very happy with the performance of the team as Man City are a great side. We gave it our best and it was a good team performance, but of course we would have liked to win the game.

‘However scoring a penalty at the end to draw, it shows good character and I think it has to be considered a good result.

‘We are growing as a team. We are working hard together, we are listening to the coaching staff and I think step by step we are improving every day.

‘We are working very hard to improve as a team and it’s been a good week for us. We had an incredible win at Tottenham and even though we didn’t beat City, we put in a very good performance and showed we can challenge with these teams.’

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