Chelsea’s relentless dispatching of Loan Army soldiers continues with Kasey Palmer, who becomes the fifth loanee of the 2017-18 season.
As rumored since the end of the season, Palmer indeed makes his fabled return to Yorkshire to play for Huddersfield Town, whom he helped achieve promotion last season. Palmer is something of a fan favourite at Huddersfield and he himself had made his intentions to return to the John Smith’s Stadium very clear on social media. His first interview makes for interesting viewing, where he elaborates on what was going through his head during the play-off final penalty shoot-out, Town fans (semi) playfully hounding him to re-sign on Twitter, and reflects on his achievements last season.
His manager, David Wagner also spoke about his new signing, expressing his joy and tipping him for great things to come.
“I’m very happy to have Kasey back at the Club. As we know from last season, he’s a very talented English player with high potential.
“Just as importantly, he is a fantastic personality too. He has real desire and hunger to be as good as he can be, but he’s also very humble. This is the best and most exciting mix that a player can have as he strives to become an excellent Premier League player.
“I know he feels he has unfinished business after his injury last season and I think that determination will be a big plus for him and the team this season.”
- David Wagner; source: Huddersfield Town
It’s a good deal for all parties involved; Palmer will spend another year among familiar teammates under a manager who trusts him and is well aware of his capabilities. Palmer signed a four-year-deal at Chelsea yesterday, and doing well in the Premier League in the upcoming season will surely help his case for making the first-team.
If reports are to be believed, the completion of this deal was stalling due to Huddersfield pushing for an option to buy the player at the end of the season. It is still not clear if such a clause exists in the agreement; however it is highly unlikely given that Palmer just signed the aforementioned shiny new contract extension with the Blues.
Good luck to Kasey; I’m sure he will do well if he manages to stay fit. You will want to keep an eye out for this one!