Cole Palmer hailed as the ‘signing of the season’ by Joe Cole after his late double earned dramatic 4-3 win for Chelsea over Man United… as Blues icon urges club to ‘build a team around him’ and compares him to Jude Bellingham

Joe Cole has paid Cole Palmer a huge compliment by naming him the ‘signing of the season’ after yet another stunning performance for Chelsea. 

Palmer arrived at Stamford Bridge for £42.5million back in the summer after he left boyhood club Manchester City in pursuit of more first-team game time, and has found just that in west London. 

Since arriving as past of another expensive transfer window for the Blues, Palmer has emerged as the key man up top for Chelsea, and netted his 13th, 14th and 15th goals of the season on Thursday night. 

While Chelsea’s inconsistencies have drawn plenty of scrutiny throughout 2023-24, Palmer’s continued class during the campaign has been a point of much-needed positivity at Stamford Bridge. 

The forward is now well within a shout of getting a spot on the plane to Germany this summer for the European Championship, and Cole was full of praise for the versatile attacker’s professionalism, calm, and ability at just 21.  

Joe Cole (right) has claimed that Cole Palmer is the signing of the season after a stunning performance

The former Manchester City forward scored twice after 90 minutes to seal a comeback win

The former Manchester City forward scored twice after 90 minutes to seal a comeback win

‘What’s even more remarkable is, the way he was talking to Jules, he just scored a last minute goal – it was like he just got off the sofa, he’s got his cocoa in his hand, and he’s ready for bed,’ said the former Blues star on TNT Sports.

So composed is Palmer at such a young age – he also netted twice from the spot, including in the 100th minute to level the tie – that he also earned comparisons to another young English star.  

‘He’s the coolest man in the building,’ Cole continued. ‘These fans love him. Cause there’s no experienced players around, you’re looking for someone who’s got something magical. You watch Jude Bellingham, he’s not 20 years old.

‘You feel the same with Cole Palmer. From Manchester United’s perspective, in a crucial point of the game, how can you let the best player on the pitch have the time to take a touch in the box and strike it.

‘Even he must be thinking, what’s going on here? How have I got this time? He’s been remarkable. I would say, signing of the season.

‘He’s taken this team by the scruff of the neck, and gone, “you’re my team. I’m the one that’s going to drag this team through”. Absolutely build a team around him. He has the personality for it. Nobody thought he would miss this. Cool as you like.’

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