Chelsea: Gallagher tipped for summer exit by Simon Phillips
Journalist Simon Phillips has claimed that Conor Gallagher could be ‘willing’ to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Staying put
Towards the back end of the month, the midfielder was wanted by fellow Premier League clubs, according to 90min.
The 22-year-old has played on 19 occasions for Graham Potter’s side, with only 10 of those games being from the start.
As far as minutes are concerned, Gallagher has struggled for them. On average, he’s played 44 minutes in the league in the 2022/23 campaign. And after the raft of players brought in by Chelsea last month, it would be difficult to blame the midfielder for having his head turned.
The Latest: Possible summer exit
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Phillips claims that Gallagher wants to play games and feels he won’t get that at Chelsea.
He stated: “He knows he wants to play games and he’s not going to get that at Chelsea with all these players there.
“He would be willing to leave in the summer if it carries on that he’s not a regular starter for Chelsea because he doesn’t want to be a bench player.”
The Verdict: Unlikely to feature
We believe that it is unlikely for Gallagher to break his way into Chelsea’s starting XI on a regular basis.
The Blues are jam-packed with options in the midfield positions, and in our view, it’ll be difficult for him to nail down a starting place as they’ve added two new additions to their team last month.
Gallagher could definitely offer a lot to another Premier League – his loan spell with Crystal Palace proved he can be an attacking threa in our opinion.
Whilst on loan with the Eagles, Alan Shearer said the player showed the capabilities to be an ‘all-round midfielder‘ in a 2-2 draw against West Ham United when speaking on Match of the Day.
With 83 Premier League appearances in three seasons, we wouldn’t be surprised if a club looked to sign Gallagher in the summer.
He knows the league well and showed bags of talent at Palace. Our view is a number of managers would back themselves to get the player delivering once again.