Why a loan move to Norwich would be ideal for Kasey Palmer
As per reports, Norwich City have made an offer to Chelsea to sign Kasey Palmer on loan for the season.
Palmer, 21, played a key role in Huddersfield Town’s promotion to the Premier League in the 2016/17 campaign. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Pride Park as Derby County narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League, losing to play-off champions Fulham in the semi-finals.
Norwich City have been very busy in the summer window as manager Daniel Farke looks for vast improvements next season. The Canaries have already brought in five new recruits ahead of next season, with Ben Marshall, Moritz Leitner, Felix Passlack, Emi Buendia and Teemu Pukki all coming in.
Norwich sold James Maddison, their Player of the Year and a Championship Young Player of the Year nominee, to Leicester City last month.
Maddison’s exit has obviously created a hole in the squad which Farke must fill this season. Maddison’s absence will be felt hugely as he was Norwich’s creative hub last season and took the Championship by storm.
So it will be ideal for the Canaries to find a player who can fill in the boots of Maddison next season. Chelsea academy graduate Kasey Palmer should fit the bill perfectly at Carrow Road. Palmer has a good experience of playing in the Championship for Huddersfield and Derby.
The 21-year-old was an influential player in Huddersfield’s promotion to the Premier League in the 2016/17 campaign and while his second loan stint with the Terriers wasn’t as impressive as the first, he did finish the year on a solid note with Derby.
At Derby, Palmer made 14 appearances in the Championship, scoring 2 goals. He became a popular figure at Pride Park due to his exceptional work rate and willingness to fight until the last minute of the game. However, due to fitness problems, the midfielder started just two games under former manager Gary Rowett.
Palmer’s natural position looks like the No.10 role and although he can play in central midfield as well as on the wing, he thrives playing behind the striker. Due to Palmer’s quick feet and dribbling skills, the No.10 role appears to be tailor-made for him as he also possesses the creativity to unlock the tightest of defences.
With his pace and direct running, the 21-year-old can beat any opponent in the blink of an eye and stretch the defenders. Palmer displays flashes of his brilliance in a Derby shirt but he needs to maintain his fitness and play regularly to unlock his true potential.
Palmer would improve Norwich’s attack and could increase the creativity in the team. If the 21-year-old playmaker wants to develop his game next season, Norwich appears to be the ideal destination.