Loan signing Palmer delighted to make an instant impact for City
KASEY Palmer couldn’t stop smiling after his terrific start for the Robins on Saturday afternoon.
Just minutes after coming on to the pitch, the Chelsea loanee had scored the winning goal against Bolton and was sliding on his knees in front of the South Stand.
That’s some turnaround after the attacking midfielder was having some ‘banter’ with those same fans a few months ago when Blackburn Rovers were beaten 4-1 at Ashton Gate.
Following the game, the new Bristol City signing spoke to the press about his goal celebrations and being constantly in touch with fellow loanee Tammy Abraham. “That’s the main fans, ain’t it? The diehards. Thought I’d go and celebrate my first goal with them,” explained Palmer who was quickly being serenaded by Section 82 after coming on to the pitch.
“It definitely went in, I didn’t think he was going to give it.
“I looked at the linesman, looked at the ref and then he looked at his watch and gave it,” explained the 22-year-old of his goal.
The super-sub who linked up so well with Matty Taylor in the second half of the win over Bolton explained what Bristol City need to do as they join the hunt for a top-six place, with the Robins just two points away from a play-off posi- tion. “It’s important we focus on ourselves and keep the run going,” he said.
“If you win a few you can go up to fifth or sixth, but if you lose a few you can drop down to mid-table. We’ve got to keep going, bounce back if we get any defeats and it’s a long season still. They’ll be lots of chopping and changing from now to the end.”
Palmer also explained that Chelsea pal and former Bristol City loan star Tammy Abraham has been constantly texting him since the move to the West Country materialised. “I just checked my phone and he’s messaged me,” he explained. “We’ll see, we’ll see (if he can replicate Abraham). I’m not saying I’m gonna score as many as Tammy though! I’ll try to do my best. I spoke to him quite a lot over the last week and we’ll be in contact, especially today.”
And the door is definitely ajar if things work out over the longer term. “Yeah, there might have been some discussions, I’m not too sure. For now, it’s just a loan until the end of the season.”
Asked if he could see himself staying longer than the rest of this season at City, Palmer said: “One hundred per cent, I don’t see why not. It’s a big club with ambitions to be in the Premier League.”
Kasey Palmer celebrates his goal