Up-and-coming Chelsea ace Conor Gallagher is set to join Crystal Palace on loan ahead of the new season.
The Blues have boasted a very successful transfer window so far after welcoming five major targets through the door. But they are also working hard on securing some outgoing deals as well, with one being a loan move for one of their promising young talents.
Gallagher, 20, spent last season away from Chelsea after impressing with his 2018/19 performances with the reserve team. During his double loan stint with Charlton and Swansea, he had a strong season despite the Addicks’ unfortunate relegation into League One.
Does Conor Gallagher have a future with Chelsea?
“Gallagher was really impressive when I watched him last season,” Noel Whelan told Football Insider. “He has great energy, likes to get on the ball and make things happen. He was a player that stuck out for me when Leeds were playing against Swansea. Very, very competitive and he knows his role inside out.”
The England youth international played all but one Championship match last term, making 45 league appearances in total as well as two play-off games under Swansea.
The versatile midfielder will now look to showcase his abilities on the Premier League stage under Roy Hodgson. Should he impress, he could return to Stamford Bridge and become part of Frank Lampard’s senior squad.
The Chelsea icon has done well in integrating young talent including Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham into the first team, Gallagher could be one of the next in line.
“He gets into very good areas and pockets in between the lines so it does not surprise me that Crystal Palace want him because he looked a different class of player in the Championship last season,” Whelan said. “He was involved in everything.”
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