Bristol City have offered midfielder Kasey Palmer to Charlton Athletic in a player-swap deal in an attempt to get the signing of Addicks’ frontman Lyle Taylor over the line, according to Football Insider.
Palmer has struggled to nail down a regular spot in Lee Johnson’s side since joining on a permanent basis over the summer, and it has now emerged that the Robins are prepared to offload him in a bid to strengthen their striking options with Taylor’s services.
The Ashton Gate outfit are desperate to land another attacking option this month after failing in a bid to lure Eddie Nketiah to the club, and it is being reported that Taylor has emerged as an alternative, with his Addicks contract set to expire in the summer.
It is understood that Charlton turned down Bristol City’s initial offer involving Palmer in an ambitious player-swap deal, but it is thought that the Robins remain keen on adding Taylor to their ranks following his return from injury against Fulham last night.
Here, we take a look at what Charlton would be getting if they eventually sanction a deal that would see Palmer join the club…
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Palmer would have been hoping to really establish himself at Ashton Gate this campaign following his successful loan spell last term, but he has only played 1125 minutes of action for the Robins since August, with the midfielder limited to 11 league starts.
The former Chelsea man has not been able to make any significant contribution to his side’s attacking efforts this season, with Palmer having only scored one goal and registered one assist despite operating in an attacking midfield role for the Robins.
However, Palmer has shown some glimpses of what he could bring to the Charlton midfield if a deal eventually materialises, with the midfielder’s statistics proving that he often shows strong composure in possession to help his side retain the ball.
This has seen him record a highly respectable 76.5% pass completion rate this campaign, while he has also attempted an average of 5.12 dribbles per game, with this showing that he is often eager to carry the ball forward and gain territory for his side.
Palmer has also shown how he can contribute to the defensive side of play by recording an average of 3.12 interceptions per game, with this proving how the midfielder is able to read the game before reacting quickly to win his side the ball.
There can be no doubt that Palmer would be a good addition to Charlton’s side given their relegation-threatened predicament, with the 23-year-old proving how he could help fill the midfield void left by Conor Gallagher’s departure earlier this month.
However, Palmer’s lack of attacking contribution may be the reason why the Addicks are somewhat reluctant to exchange Taylor’s services for the midfielder, particularly seeing as Taylor’s goalscoring void would be so hard to replace in the rest of the season.