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Man City youngster short of form and playing time, Guardiola should consider loan [Opinion]

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Cole Palmer was an unused substitute in Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday afternoon and hasn’t been in good form when called upon of late.

The 20-year-old is enjoying a breakthrough campaign, playing in 16 games across the board, but he’s only started once and is without a goal or assist. All Palmer’s Premier League outings have come from the bench too.

The England U21 international has played just two minutes in the Premier League since mid-October, so Pep Guardiola doesn’t appear to fancy him, so should he be loaned out to continue his development?

Palmer played a full 90 minutes in City’s FA Cup win over Chelsea but failed to create a chance, whip in an accurate cross or have a successful dribble.

Palmer played 46 minutes in City’s EFL Cup defeat to Southampton, creating just one chance and having one shot while failing to make a successful dribble or whip in an accurate cross. He made just nine passes too.

Guardiola might take fewer risks with his starting eleven as City are at risk of losing the Premier League title to Arsenal, so Palmer might not get much more playing time. He’s still highly rated by the Sky Blues, but a short-term loan might be a smart way to continue his development.

In other news, Pep Guardiola could be without Ruben Dias for Tottenham clash

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