‘You cannot cook a good dish if you don’t spend time in the kitchen’: Man City boss Pep Guardiola calls for patience with Cole Palmer following his first European goal… but insists ‘five or six’ academy products are ready to make their mark

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  • Cole Palmer’s stock continues to rise after netting in Manchester City win
  • The 19-year-old scored City’s fourth goal after beating Club Brugge on Tuesday
  • But Pep Guardiola insists some other youngster is ready to make a mark
  • Palmer is also making a revelation for England’s U21s since his debut last month

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Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City have half a dozen other academy products ready to make their mark after Cole Palmer’s maiden Champions League goal.

The city manager is hoping to keep a lid on Palmer’s surroundings, but the 19-year-old stock continues to rise.

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And Guardiola named several other youngsters whom he hopes will make their way into first-team plans.

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Pep Guardiola (centre) hoping to keep a lid on Cole Palmer’s surroundings

The 19-year-old's stock continued to rise after scoring a goal in Man City's win at Club Brugge

The 19-year-old’s stock continued to rise after scoring a goal in Man City’s win at Club Brugge

Guardiola said, ‘In this world people want things immediately but everything needs time.’ ‘You can’t cook a good dish if you don’t spend time in the kitchen.

‘Cole has a special quality that’s hard to find, he perfects it most of the time. He is training with us and adopting our principles. He is a player for the future of this club.

‘We have Liam Delp, Sam Edozzi, Luc Mbette, Romeo Lavia – really five or six really good talented players in the academy. Who knows, if he stays humble and keeps working, he could be important to Manchester City.’

Liam Delp (right) and Josh Wilson-Esbrands (left) are also rated highly by Catalan bosses

Liam Delp (right) and Josh Wilson-Esbrands (left) are also rated highly by Catalan bosses

Midfielder James McAtee and left-back Josh Wilson-Esbrandt are also highly regarded by Guardiola.

Palmer has also been a revelation for England Under-21s since his debut last month and Guardiola is impressed with the teenager’s attitude.

“He played three or four minutes for us on Saturday against Burnley and then scored three goals for the academy,” said the Catalan.

‘Some players can be lazy, ‘Oh, I have a position and I don’t want to play’. He went there, scored three runs and showed what he could do.

Guardiola says he is impressed by teenager Palmer's attitude after scoring in Belgium

Guardiola says he is impressed by teenager Palmer’s attitude after scoring in Belgium

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