Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was impressed with Cole Palmer against Arsenal (Picture: Sky Sports)
Stationed in an unfamiliar false nine role, Palmer caused Arsenal’s centre backs William Saliba and Gabriel real problems with his intelligent movement.
The England Under-21 international opened his goalscoring account for his new club earlier this month from the penalty spot at Burnley and took on the responsibility from 12 yards again when Chelsea were awarded a spot kick in the 15th minute.
Saliba was penaalised for a handball offence after he blocked Mykhailo Mudryk’s header with an outstretched arm and Palmer calmly rolled home the spot kick, sending David Raya the wrong way.
Cole Palmer argued with Raheem Sterling over Chelsea’s penalty (Picture: Getty)
Despite his successful conversion at Turf Moor, Palmer had to argue his right to take the penalty and was seen arguing with Raheem Sterling.
Hasselbaink was pleased to see the youngster have the confidence to step up and praised his technique.
He told Sky Sports: ‘He’s getting more pressure from his teammates but what he does really well.
‘Penalty taking is not easy when the referee blows his whistle he waits he calms everyone down and he breaks the momentum of the goalkeeper and then he takes it.
‘For me that is confidence, that for me is having something having some arrogance but that’s allowed.’
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He looks the real deal.