WAGNER: PALMER’S LEARNING ALL TIME
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.”
LOAN STAR: Palmer