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Cole Palmer: One day, two games, three goals for Manchester City wonderkid

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 (Manchester City FC via Getty Ima)
(Manchester City FC via Getty Ima)

Cole Palmer is widely tipped to follow Phil Foden as one of the next stars to come out of the Manchester City academy.

Pep Guardiola has described the 19-year-old midfielder as an “incredibly exceptional player”.

And on Saturday, Palmer added to the buzz around him when he scored a hat-trick for the City Under-23s side just hours after playing for the first-team in the Premier League.

Palmer came on for the final few minutes of City’s 2-0 win over Burnley at the Etihad Stadium as he replaced Bernardo Silva in stoppage time at around 4.45pm.

The England Under-21 star could have been forgiven for putting his feet up, but he then rushed over to City’s Academy Stadium, which is located right next to the Etihad, and scored a hat-trick for the Under-23s in their 5-0 win over Leicester at 8pm.

Palmer scored his first senior goal for City in their 6-1 Carabao Cup victory over Wycombe Wanderers last month and his remarkable day shows why there is so much excitement around him.

“It was a good day,” said Palmer. “I saw that the EDS were playing at half seven and the first team were at three.

“So, I thought if I don’t get 30 minutes or something I asked if I could come over and play and he said yeah, I could come over and play.

“I’m doing what I love - I can’t complain. It’s hard to keep focused and keep the energy all day but apart from that I enjoyed it. I just try to entertain and score goals for the fans and do what I do.

“Everyone wants to play games so when I saw the opportunity to play I thought I might as well come and play and that’s what I did."

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