In a list of names to have played less than 600 Premier League minutes but scored four or more goals there isn't much to look upon. Aleksander Isak's fast start with Newcastle stands out, he was signed for over £60million last year and has a strong record behind him from Spain. Callum Wilson has made a fine start in the north east as well, bagging seven in 10 games despite not starting regularly.
Then there's Evan Ferguson, boosted by his hat-trick against the Magpies earlier on this season, but now sidelined with injury. Diogo Jota has four at Liverpool too and has only started seven times. Tagging along with the rest and going at the second highest goals contribution per90 of them all isCole Palmer.
The now England senior international has four goals already — all from the spot and in more important scenarios than the last — with a smattering of assists as well. Of those with more than five starts in the entire league, to eliminate the small sample size — although it is still quite a small selection to read from — Palmer has the seventh best goals and assists per90 in the by these metrics and is just 21.
He's also the second youngest on the list, only Jeremy Doku is younger, and nobody other than Isak has done it in fewer games. When taking into account that all six contributions have come in the past six weeks and five games it is even more impressive. Since starting his first game for the club on October 2 he has only failed to record a goal or an assist in two games. He has scored and assisted in the same game twice already.
His impact is getting bigger and the correlation between strong performances with him on the pitch for both club and country now grows. Even before moving to Chelsea he scored in the CommunityRead on football.london