Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on Cole Palmer after the 21-year-old delivered another impressive display in our defeat to Brentford.

Palmer was a bright spark against the Bees, particularly in the first half when he set up excellent chances for Marc Cucurella and Raheem Sterling.

His close control and willingness to receive the ball in tight spaces also caught the eye, and it rounds off a positive month in which he has scored against Burnley and Arsenal.

‘He showed a great performance with character and personality,’ Pochettino observed.

‘We are happy with the way he has arrived. He arrived on the last day of the transfer window but is playing like he’s been here ten years, showing his character and personality.

‘I cannot say 'I didn’t expect that' but also if I say I expected it then I’m lying. You create expectation always when you sign a player but, of course, he’s doing well.

‘You only feel the player when you have the player, and from day one when he started to train, you could see the talent,’ added Pochettino. ‘He still needs time to improve.’