West Brom are reportedly seeking to bring Chelsea-owned youngster Conor Gallagher to The Hawthorns next season.
The Athletic reported that the Baggies are ‘big admirers’ of the 20-year-old midfielder, who is currently on loan at Swansea having spent the first half of the season at Charlton. The report stated that Albion are hopeful of securing a loan deal for the youngster to offer him a chance of playing in the Premier League next season, should Slaven Bilic’s team achieve promotion.
Gallagher’s statistics suggest that he is a wonderfully well-rounded and adaptable midfielder who is equally adept at the artistic and pragmatic parts to his game. Despite playing mainly as a defensive midfielder at Charlton, he still managed an impressive six goals in 26 appearances, along with winning two tackles and making 0.9 interceptions per game.
Since moving to Swansea, he has been deployed in a more advanced role and, while scoreless in 10 games so far for the Swans, he has been an excellent creative presence in Steve Cooper’s side with the provision of five assists (as per TransferMarkt). He has averaged 1.8 shots and 1.8 key passes per game at the Liberty Stadium, as well as completing 1.4 dribbles per match, while he has still chipped in defensively with a match average of 1.4 successful tackles (as per WhoScored).
Would Conor Gallagher be a good signing for West Brom?
Filip Krovinovic is the foremost central attacking midfielder in Bilic’s current squad, with two goals and four assists so far this term. Alas, the Croatian is only on loan from Benfica and is due to return to his parent club in the summer. As per The Athletic, the Lisbon-based outfit want £8m to sell the 24-year-old outright, a fee which could well be beyond West Brom’s budget following the impact of coronavirus on football.
Even if the Baggies can somehow wrangle a deal to sign Krovinovic permanently, the multi-faceted nature of Gallagher’s game should make him a very appetising transfer prospect. If the Croatian isn’t back at the club next season, the case for signing the Chelsea youngster grows even stronger.
At just 20, he already has several distinct strings to his bow, while the very strong prospect of Premier League football at The Hawthorns next term could be the perfect carrot with which to attract the highly talented and precocious midfielder.
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