Cole Palmer has been in fine form for Chelsea this season (Picture: Getty Images)
Cole Palmer has credited Mauricio Pochettino’s man management skills for bringing the best out of him since signing for Chelsea, hailing the Argentine as ‘amazing’.
The 21-year-old has been the standout performer for the Blues since signing from Manchester City over the summer, scoring 10 Premier League goals and providing six assists.
The England international laid on two more goals for his teammates in Monday night’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace, further cementing his importance in the first team.
Palmer had never scored a Premier League goal before moving to Stamford Bridge so it has been an incredible burst onto the scene with the Blues and he credits Pochettino for his work with him.
‘The manager helps us all every day,’ Palmer told Standard Sport. ‘It’s just little conversations telling us what to do.
‘He supports us massively, and credit goes to the manager for keeping us together. He has been amazing [with me] from the first day.
‘When I first came in, he just put his arm around me and gave me the freedom and confidence to go out there and play — so, yes, I’m enjoying it.’
Palmer produced two more assists in Chelsea’s win at Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty Images)
Chelsea have struggled badly for consistency this season, but back-to-back 3-1 away wins over Aston Villa and the Eagles have boosted confidence.
Palmer says the team and management have been talking their way through difficult times and are on the way up as a result.
‘We do have meetings and he [Pochettino] believes in us,’ he said. ‘We believe in ourselves, but everyone will talk if you’re not doing well. We just need to try and block it out and focus on ourselves.
‘There’s always a lot of talk, you know what football fans are like, and rightly so. Chelsea is a big club, and we’ve seen them win many things for a long time. If we don’t get results, they will be onto us. But I think you’ve seen in the last two games that we are trying to stick together in our development and to keep going as a team.’
Mauricio Pochettino’s team went to 10th in the table on Monday night (Picture: Getty Images)
Pochettino said it was a half-time chat that turned things around at Selhurst Park after the Blues found themselves 1-0 down to a Jefferson Lerma goal.
‘After the first 45 minutes I was very disappointed with the performance,’ our head coach explained. ‘But that is the challenge every single game. We played a fantastic game against Aston Villa and then after that first 45 minutes, you feel really disappointed.
‘We spoke at half time that we need to avoid approaching a game this way or playing in this way. We were so flat and we can’t perform in this way.
‘In the second half, we started really well, but I think it was a tough game. In the end, I’m really pleased because …read more