Gary Lineker criticizes Manchester City for labeling Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, and Cole Palmer as “stupid.

Palmer’s remarkable hat-trick in last week’s victory over Manchester United helped Chelsea complete a great Premier League comeback. However, Lineker is not convinced that he belongs in the same category as players like Foden and Saka. On The Rest Is Football, Lineker asked, “Buy, bench, or sell: Saka, Foden, or Palmer?”

Micah Richards stated his preference: “Buy Foden, bench Saka, and sell Palmer.” Lineker reluctantly agreed, expressing discomfort at putting Saka on the bench and selling Palmer. He mused that only Man City would do something so stupid.

Lineker and Richards may be right, as Palmer has not yet reached the heights of Foden and Saka, despite his influence for Chelsea this season. Foden has achieved success with City, while Saka is regarded as one of the Premier League’s top forwards. However, there is potential for Palmer to reach their level with continued development.

He is expected to earn a place in England’s squad for the Euros, and Pochettino remarked on his impressive form, hinting at a significant future transfer value.

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