LONDON, England – Goalkeepers in the Premier League must feel at ease with the ball at their feet and be prepared to take a chance on making plays while under pressure as more and more teams try to play out from the back.
These attributes are in abundance at Trafford thanks to Man City’s training. His traditional goalkeeping abilities are also of the highest caliber, as was seen during England vs. Spain in the final. Last season, Trafford had the joint second-highest League One save percentage at 78.8%.
Trafford’s mental fortitude would be put to the strain if he transferred to a Premier League team, but it would also give him a regular opportunity to shine.
Colwill, who is undoubtedly the most talented footballer on Lee Carsley’s squad and is a rock at the center of England’s defense, caught the attention of everyone watching the team’s victory in Georgia.
Colwill’s future at Chelsea appears to be in doubt as the 20-year-old admitted recently that he “got to play” next year due to interest from several Premier League clubs. Colwill could choose to remain at Stamford Bridge or move on, but it would be a massive shock if he didn’t become a consistent starter in 2023–24.
He is in control of everything. Being a left-sided and left-footed center back, he excels at playing line-breaking forward passes. He developed this skill while on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion last season.
Palmer might feel that the moment is now after a summer tournament in which he pushed his way into the starting XI before shining brightly, assisting two goals and scoring one in the 3 to 0 semi-final victory over Israel before setting up the winning goal against Spain.
What we witnessed in Georgia was a ruthless and finished product that Palmer only occasionally has the opportunity to display in fleeting cameos at Man City, where it might be said that his adaptability is a liability. Palmer, who has the intelligence and effortless grace of Foden when he initially joined the squad, can play anywhere in midfield or on the attack.
Palmer might become a star in the Premier League on loan, but Guardiola might be grooming him for a bigger role at the Etihad Stadium. Palmer started two of Man City’s final three league games of the previous campaign, and if Bernardo Silva leaves the organization this summer, Palmer might just move up the lineup.
Read on to PART DEUX for more on Alex Keble’s foresight if success.