Garry Monk target Kasey Palmer would significantly improve poor Birmingham attack

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Birmingham City have joined a number of their Championship rivals in the race to sign Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer, rated at £1.35m by Transfermarkt, on loan.

What’s the word, then?

Kasey Palmer in action against Bolton

Well, the Daily Mail report that the Blues are competing with Norwich City and Sheffield United – as well as Premier League side Newcastle United – to sign the 21-year-old, who spent the first-half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Huddersfield Town.

The Daily Mail says that the west London outfit hold Palmer in high regard and believe he could have a big role to play for them in the future, and that the player would have no problem staying at Stamford Bridge and fighting for his spot.

The report adds that a loan switch is on the cards however, and Garry Monk, who has surely added these three 2018 World Cup stars to his summer transfer wish-list, is ready to rekindle Birmingham’s interest in the attacking midfielder who former City boss Steve Cotterill wanted to sign during this year’s January transfer window.

How did Palmer do last season?

While the 21-year-old struggled to make much of an impression with Huddersfield having only made four Premier League appearances for them having suffered a hamstring injury, he fared much better during a loan spell with Derby County, where he scored two goals and provided a further assist in 16 outings – albeit the majority of which came from the substitutes’ bench.

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Would he be a good signing for Birmingham?

He certainly could be, yes.

Palmer showed during his short spell with Derby that he has the quality to make a big impact at this level, and the Blues are certainly in need of some attacking reinforcements given they only scored a measly 38 goals in their 46 Championship fixtures last term.

The Chelsea youngster has an eye for goal, can pick a key pass and loves to dribble – he successfully completed 24 of the 31 he attempted for the Rams and Huddersfield last term as per WhoScored.com, and he could be a big player for Monk’s men this term.