Crystal Palace journalist Mark Wyatt singled out one element of Conor Gallagher’s game for praise during the first half of the Premier League match against Burnley on Saturday.
Patrick Vieira selected the Englishman alongside Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur in a three-man midfield.
It was a mixed afternoon for the 22-year-old at Selhurst Park, reflected in his SofaScore rating of 6.6/10. He won seven of the 11 ground duels he contested, but misplaced seven (25%) of the 28 passes he attempted and failed to register a shot.
In the 21st minute of the match, after Gallagher earned a free-kick for his side, Football.London journalist Wyatt took to Twitter to laud one particular trait from the Palace midfielder which may otherwise have gone under the radar.
Linking a live blog in which he was providing updates on the match, the reporter tweeted: “Conor Gallagher is the undisputed king of winning fouls”.
Does Wyatt’s claim stand up to scrutiny?
Gallagher was fouled four times against the Clarets, level with Wilfried Zaha as the home side most-sinned against player this afternoon.
Alas, it’s the Ivory Coast winger who may have a better claim to being “the undisputed king of winning fouls”, leading the way for Palace over the season as a whole with three free-kicks won per 90 minutes. Jordan Ayew comes next with 2.4, and then it’s Gallagher on 1.7.
Still, the more important point is that these foul magnets can be a real asset for the Eagles as they seek to address one important shortfall – the number of goals they’ve scored from set pieces. They have only managed four this season, one of the worst records in the Premier League.
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