Bristol City playmaker Kasey Palmer has revealed the truth behind his decision to join the Ashton Gate outfit in the summer, claiming that the manager, the fans, and the team felt like the right fit.
Palmer left Chelsea to join City permanently in a reported £3.5 million deal in the summer and signed a four-year deal with the South West club.
The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with the Robins and showed glimpses of his quality, providing two goals and one assist in 17 appearances for Lee Johnson’s side.
Prior to signing a permanent deal at Ashton Gate, the playmaker had spent much of his career out on loan, including spells with Derby County, Blackburn Rovers, and Huddersfield Town.
It was reported in the summer that Swansea City were also interested in signing Palmer permanently but it appears he was determined to join the Robins.
Speaking to youth development coach Darnell Simpson on Instagram, the 23-year-old revealed why he chose to join City.
He said: “I enjoyed it, the six months on loan.
“I didn’t start as many games as I wanted to, but in terms of the manager, the fans and the team, it felt like the next step in my development to go and be permanently at a club.
“It felt like the right fit, the style of play, and everything fit well.”
Palmer has not had quite as many opportunities as you feel he would have liked this term. The attacking midfielder has made 23 appearances for Johnson’s side but has struggled to cement his place in the starting XI.
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At times it seemed as if Palmer’s move to City might never get done but this insight from the 23-year-old has indicated that it was the club he was always keen on going to.
So far, whether that was the right move for the player and the club remains up in the air.
Johnson has struggled to fit him in over the last few months but you feel it could just be a case of finding the right role for him.