After being recalled from his initial loan spell from Blackburn Rovers, Kasey Palmer has now become the third Chelsea loanee on the books of Bristol City.
It seems a long time ago that Palmer was shaping up as one of the best midfielders in the Championship after taking the league by storm with Huddersfield Town. Despite a hamstring problem keeping him out of most of the 16/17 season, he was retained on loan for the Terriers’ first season in the Premier League. Unfortunately injuries and a lack of playing time saw him drop back into the Championship with Derby County and subsequently Blackburn Rovers, where he’s found minutes hard to come by.
With Blackburn talisman, Bradley Dack occupying Palmer’s preferred central attacking midfield position and also in red-hot form at the start of the season, it was difficult for the 22-year-old to hold down a place in the team. He had a few key goal involvements in his time with Blackburn but ultimately, did not play nearly as much as a player of his calibre should, at his age.
Bristol City prefer to play a 4-1-4-1, with Marlon Pack usually occupying the holding role and a pair of offensive-minded midfielders ahead of him, which is where Palmer will likely slot in. While there’s no report of an option to buy, it could be that the Robins have one in place anyway, as they seem to do with Jay Dasilva. Nevertheless, here’s hoping Palmer can finally push on with some proper minutes under his belt in the coming five months.
“I’m delighted we have been able to sign Kasey Palmer on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season and it’s great to get this done so early in the window.
“Kasey is a very good player who can play through the middle and out wide; he can create openings as well as score goals and I’m excited about what he can bring to our squad.
“We’ve got 20 scheduled league games left, plus the FA Cup, and Kasey will be able to help us continue the momentum we have built.”
- Lee Johnson; source: Bristol City FC
Good luck, Kasey!