Former Chelsea star believes Cole Palmer is playing in the wrong position at Chelsea

Former Chelsea player believes Cole Palmer is playing in the wrong position at Chelsea

One former Chelsea player believes that Cole Palmer is playing out of position at the club currently.

Palmer arrived from Manchester City in the summer and he has made a great impact so far. In fact, he has been stealing all the headline during another dull international break from domestic football, getting his first callup and senior cap for England along the way.

But according to former Chelsea right back Glen Johnson, Palmer is not playing in his best position when he is featuring for Chelsea right now, at least the majority of the time.

He is being asked to mainly play wide on the right, but Johnson thinks he lacks pace and strength to be out there and is much better playing centrally in the half spaces getting the ball on the turn.

“Cole Palmer has been doing great,’ Johnson told Squawka.

“He’s obviously got a great mentality stepping up for penalties and performing against his old team.

“He looks calm on the ball, looks like he’s enjoying his football and it’s good to see, I think he’s the real deal.

“I prefer to see him in the middle, behind the striker. At the moment, I don’t think he’s quick or strong enough to be isolated one on one with defenders and is best receiving it on the half turn and being clever with his passes into strikers.

“He’s the sort of player strikers love to play with, but I don’t think that he’s the kind of player a full-back hates to play against one on one on.

“He’s intelligent and can play through the lines in the middle, and that’s where he should be used by Chelsea.”

I don’t fully agree with this, I actually think Palmer has good strength. But I do agree that he is much better centrally.

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