A well-liked, typically unerring pundit was wrong about a Chelsea signing

Well-liked, typically unerring pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville was ultimately wrong about a brilliant Chelsea signing, it appears.

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea - Premier League
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Todd Boehly, Behdad Eghbali and whoever was in charge of Blues transfers for around 18 months invariably made many errors. Even if their hearts were in the right place for attempting huge investment to improve CFC, it didn't work at all. When dealing with a scattergun approach employed by people who have no football experience, one or two acquisitions will actually be consistently great. As they say, a broken clock is correct twice daily. Cole Palmer was the real standout incoming, when considering class and value. At £40 million, the attack-minded footballer is creating a significant impression.

Cole - or Cold, as he is now fondly and respectfully known by fans and admirers alike - is approaching superstar level. He is surrounded by quality at Chelsea Football Club. Yet many of his young but high calibre teammates have failed to gel convincingly. This offers gems such as the former Manchester City starlet to grow and shine. In the meantime, earning himself a senior England cap, along with solidifying himself in the team. Currently at 16 goal involvements, the sky is the limit for the 21-year-old.

He has also cemented - the phrase should be concreted for emphasis, though I digress - the role as playmaker, bestowed upon him by CFC head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Quite the signing. When the deal was announced on deadline day in summer 2023, some onlookers, including Sky Sports summariser Gary Neville, believed that it was another prospective prospect. Following the erratic appearing business conducted by the west London outfit, the one-time Man Utd man was unsure and unconvinced of Palmer's emerging prowess. Read below:

"Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast back in September, he said: 'It's just a little bit mad, isn't it? It's chaotic. We've said it for 15 months with the amount of players they have signed. I saw Palmer come on today who they bought for £40million from City and you think, there's another one'."