Norwich opinion: Should the Canaries beat the Blades for Kasey Palmer?
Both Norwich and Sheffield have confirmed automatic promotion to the Premier League, following an impressive season in the second-tier and they have now set their sights on the 22-year-old England youth international as a part of their summer recruitment plans.
Palmer is currently out on loan at Bristol City in the Championship and the Robins have a chance to make his stay at Ashton Gate permanent, the Bristol Post understands.
However, with Premier League football on offer, the youngster might have his head turned by the prospect of playing in the top-flight. One of the brightest prospects to have emerged from Chelsea’s youth ranks, Palmer has been in the club’s loan army since 2016.
He played a key role for Huddersfield Town in their promotion-winning campaign in the Championship, contributing with 4 goals and 3 assists from 25 appearances in the league.
Palmer featured for the Terriers in the Premier League last season but he wasn’t able to make much of an impact and returned to Stamford Bridge after making just 4 appearances.
Palmer has subsequently enjoyed fruitful loan spells at Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and most recently at Bristol City. Despite making just a solitary start in the Championship since his move to Ashton Gate in January, the 22-year-old has managed 2 goals and an assist from 13 substitute appearances.
Hence, it is quite clear why Norwich City and Sheffield United want him in the summer, as the youngster has shown that he doesn’t necessarily need 90 minutes to make a difference.
To put things into perspective, Kasey Palmer is a really talented youngster and he would be a handy signing for both the newly-promoted clubs but Norwich City should look to get one over their rivals by striking a deal for him in the summer.
Palmer has all the attributes to establish himself as an important squad player or an impact player off the bench at Carrow Road and he might go on to play a role in the Canaries’ bid for survival in the Premier League.
Palmer is a versatile attacking midfielder, who can play anywhere in the attacking third, though he is most effective when deployed out wide on either flank. David Wagner also used him in a No.10 role behind the striker during his time at Huddersfield Town.
Calm and comfortable in possession, Palmer boasts of excellent ball control and wonderful dribbling skills, which allow him to create his own space in the midfield.
The youngster not only has the pace and power of a winger but he also excels with his speed of thought, using his vision and presence of mind to thread delightful through balls to the strikers up front.
He is someone who always plays with a positive body language and tries to put his team on the front foot with his aggressive style of play.
Norwich have the likes of Marco Stiepermann, Onel Hernandez and Emiliano Buendia, who are capable of playing out wide and through the centre, while the fans will also be expecting to see more of breakout star Todd Cantwell in the Premier League next season.
German prodigy Felix Passlack is another player in their ranks to watch out for but Palmer is definitely good enough to increase competition for places and add to the depth in the attacking ranks at Carrow Road.
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Palmer has been a regular for England at all youth levels and Norwich can certainly bank on him to make the jump to the Premier League, having shown plenty of promise in his loan spells in the Championship. That said, they should not hesitate to strike a deal for him in the summer.