YOU can see why Man City is comfortable with the departure of Ferran Torres to Barcelona.
Cole Palmer is only 19 years old. This is only his fourth game for the club.
But he did offer a glimpse of what was to come as he wanted to follow in Foden’s footsteps from the academy to the top of our game.
Palmer, who scored the opening goal in an easy win in Wiltshire, has probably done more with the ball than we’ve seen from £100m all-season Jack Grealish – and he has ended the night with a moment of genius with the fourth goal.
Bernardo SIlva, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan also scored for Man City, who are without Guardiola as he is self-isolating due to Covid-19.
Jesus also missed a penalty while Harry McKirdy made the home fans celebrate with a beautiful finish.
The city isn’t their most sparkly, Palmer, at times, unplayable.
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The 19-year-old will be used sparingly this season. You can only look at Foden’s treatment which, at times, angers the player but works in his favor.
But with patience – and he’s certainly at the right club – the England Under-21 international, who plays on the right side of the front line, seems to have the natural ability and composure to make a name for himself. age for yourself.
A 4-1 defeat was no disgrace for Swindon. Not when you think Leeds have had seven past them and Leipzig, Wycombe and Leicester conceded 6 goals against the best team in English football.
It’s fair to Swindon, they try to play football the right way but in a game like this it fell into the hands of City because they didn’t even get to participate in a physical match.
Guardiola is one of 21 people isolated by Man City, including seven players, but it is still a strong team when facing fifth place in League Two.
The game is a welcome financial boost for Swindon, who almost went out of business last year but will make around £300,000 from the match.
Former academy coach Rodolfo Borrell has been in contact with Guardiola, who is still arranging the procedures by phone from home.
Cheered by a lively crowd at the packed County Ground, Swindon got off to a brilliant start with an energetic-looking Harry McKirdy figure.
Maybe one reason the home supporters were so rowdy was that they drank beer during pre-match discussions.
Because during the first half a manager was coming up the row in the main stands shouting ‘no more booze’ in case someone was thinking of sneaking out of their seats before the whistle ended. the first half resounded.
City spent the first 15 minutes giving their opponents some light and typical tests, a lightning strike of pure quality.
Palmer turned left-back Ellis Landolo inside and out and then made a superb pass from the right to Bernardo Silva to put the ball into the net from two yards. You really can’t miss.
Opposite, Silva wasted a really good chance that you would normally expect him to stay away from but instead unleashed a shot that flew across the stands and into the road behind.
Swindon was then brought to life harshly against the very best when they lost ownership at the rear.
Louis Reed couldn’t control Ward’s pass and Jesus delivered a one-two with Kevin de Bruyne and then make a quick touch before taking his shot from close range
City went further just before an hour when Ilkay Gundogan free-kick around the wall of Swindon
The loudest roar of the night came when Ward saved an admittedly lousy free-kick from Jesus after Silva was fouled by Jordan Lyden
McKirdy knocked out the home side with a confident finish after helping Jonny Williams to kick the ball wide.
That night, however, belonged to Palmer, a childhood City fan who joined the under-8s team.
And he will dream about moments like the 82nd minute.
He certainly left the best to the end with a beautiful left-footed finish that went into the top corner.
It was an unstoppable finish from a player we certainly didn’t hear for the last time.
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