Derby County have bolstered their attacking options for the remainder of the 2017/18 season by completing a loan move for exciting Chelsea attacking midfielder Kasey Palmer.
The 21-year-old becomes the club’s second signing of the January transfer window, following Cameron Jerome who joined from Norwich City earlier in the window.
Palmer, who played in a key role in Huddersfield Town’s promotion winning campaign last term, will now link up with Gary Rowett’s men with a view to making his debut in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Brentford at Pride Park Stadium.
A product of the Charlton Athletic Academy, Palmer joined Chelsea as an Under-16s player.
He swiftly rose through the ranks and helped the Blues’ Under-21s become league champions in 2013/14, before then claiming back-to-back UEFA Youth League titles in 2014/15 and 2015/16
Palmer also played a role as the Under-18s lifted the FA Youth Cup in 2013/14 – scoring goals against Huddersfield Town and Swansea City in the process.
Venturing into the Championship for his first taste of senior football, Palmer joined Huddersfield on loan at the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign and became a crowd favourite at the John Smith’s Stadium, holding down a regular place in the starting line-up during the first half of their promotion-winning season.
An injury ruled him out for four months, but he returned as an extra-time substitute in the Terriers’ Player-Off Final meeting with Reading – in total, he made 27 appearances and scored five goals, form which prompted Chelsea to offer him a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2021.
He had linked back up with Huddersfield for their first ever Premier League season but returned to Stamford Bridge the beginning of January after having his playing time limited.
On the international stage, Palmer has represented England at Under-17 through to Under-21 level – winning the prestigious Toulon Tournament with the latter in 2016.