Bristol City have reportedly offered Charlton Athletic the services of attacking midfielder Kasey Palmer in an attempt to bring Lyle Taylor to Ashton Gate.
The report from Football Insider suggests that Taylor is high on Lee Johnson’s January wishlist as he looks to bolster his thin striking options and, with Palmer falling out of his plans in recent weeks, is willing to offer the 23-year-old has part of the deal.
The Addicks man has netted seven goals so far this season, but having missed nearly three months of action with a knee injury, it is a record that needs to be viewed in the correct context.
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Palmer only arrived permanently at Bristol City during the summer transfer window and after starting regulary over the opening months of the campaign, has played just twice in the club’s last ten league matches, failing to make the squad for five of them.
I think this would be a really big mistake from Charlton if they choose to accept this offer.
Palmer is an excellent player and would bring real excitement to the Valley. But he is a luxury that they simply do not need right now whereas a player like Taylor is a necessity if they hope to survive a the drop.
I am not saying they should discount any possible swap deals involving Taylor. But it should almost certainly involve another striker coming to The Valley as well.
Bringing in Palmer in exchange for Taylor would leave them short of a prolific striker and also short of the necessary funds to replace him adequately in such a short space of time.