He was signed without an official announcement by Manchester City, but USA youth international Erik Palmer-Brown is a Blue and was immediately loaned to Belgian side KV Kortrijk in January.
— KV Kortrijk (@kvkofficieel) January 31, 2018
Palmer-Brown, 20, was a free agent after leaving Sporting Kansas City and having captained the USA under-20 side, the defender is a very highly-rated talent.
City didn’t publicly recognise his arrival, but speaking to De Krant van West-Vlaanderen, Palmer-Brown had a few things to say.
“I trained at the Etihad Campus for three weeks,” said Palmer-Brown, who was previously in Europe with FC Porto’s B team in 2016.
“I didn’t have the honour to train with Kevin De Bruyne, among others. I saw these guys busy in training and was impressed. Their speed and execution… phenomenal.”
It isn’t clear what plans City have for Palmer-Brown, as a recent trend is to acquire young talents and sell them for profit, but Oleksandr Zinchenko is proof that some can be integrated if they catch Pep Guardiola’s eye. Palmer-Brown has set a target of making the senior US set-up.
“If you want to build a career, you have to make sacrifices for it, and leaving my family behind is one of them.
“I have set myself some goals and I want to do everything to get there. For example, I would like to play for the US national team.”
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