It’s the most busy time of the summer in football, as the start of July brings the end of contracts and loan deals, allowing the big deals to gather momentum.
Chelsea fans don’t have a huge amount to worry about, given their club is banned from signing players, so a lot of their focus will be on the destinations of their loan players.
Some already have promising looking destinations, but as always, the loan market tends to move a little slower. Clubs generally want to see what they can get their hands on permanently, before plugging the gaps with temporary solutions.
Kasey Palmer has rather floated between loans, never able to really establish himself in the Premier League or the Championship since his initial good spell with Huddersfield. He always shows a lot of promise, but injuries and loss of form have prevented him really settling in one place.
Last season was a classic example, as he played on and off for Blackburn Rovers, then moved to Bristol City in January to do the same thing there. His boss was impressed there, and Lee Johnson said at the end of last season he was keen to keep Palmer this year. But so far it hasn’t been decided where he will spend this season.
He’s currently with the Chelsea squad in Ireland, hoping to impress Frank Lampard. But assuming he’s not cut out for the senior squad yet, he will have to hope Petr Cech or whoever is now in charge of finding him a temporary club for this season picks one where he can really string together a solid 30+ games.
Otherwise he risks being lost down a loan plughole like so many promising young Chelsea talents before him.