The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

HUD­DER­S­FIELD Town man­ager David Wag­ner be­lieves Chelsea loa­nee Kasey Palmer has been trans­formed as a player at the John Smith’s Sta­dium.

Palmer, 20, had made 22 ap­pear­ances for Town be­fore the weekend. He has scored four goals dur­ing his sea­son-long loan.

Wag­ner says the mid­fielder has learned plenty dur­ing his spell in the Cham­pi­onship, par­tic­u­larly de­fen­sive du­ties.

“I think he’s a dif­fer­ent player now. He’s made the change from a youth player to a first team player,” he ex­plained.

“He learned quickly, which is a strength. He has all the tal­ent and all the po­ten­tial you need to be a top-class pro­fes­sional. One of his biggest steps (for­ward) was how to de­fend, how to use his body, how to han­dle the de­fence in oneon-one bat­tles in the Cham­pi­onship.”

The clos­est Palmer has come to a Chelsea first team ap­pear­ance was when he was an un­used sub­sti­tute against Swansea City back in April.

And Wag­ner says the Eng­land Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional can still make big im­prove­ments to his game.

“His fit­ness level was not the best when he started.

“But he is work­ing well with our fit­ness depart­ment and he’s im­proved,” said the man­ager. “I think he is a very in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing player.”


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