Former Chelsea player Glen Johnson has told Thomas Tuchel how he can solve the future of Conor Gallagher after the midfielder’s exceptional campaign with Crystal Palace.
Gallagher spent last season on loan at West Brom in a bid to gain more senior experience. He opted to do the same last summer, although this time the Englishman went on to join Crystal Palace.
Patrick Vieira has got the best out of Gallagher and he has resultantly been one of Palace’s top performers during an exciting season.
Gallagher was in particularly good form during the first half of 2021-22. He hit Premier League braces against West Ham and Everton, while also finding the net against Manchester City and Wolves.
Gallagher’s goal return has slowed down in recent months. His last strike in the league came against Watford back in February.
Nevertheless, the 22-year-old has been top class for Palace and could push for a starting spot in the Chelsea team next term.
There have been rumours of a permanent move to Selhurst Park. However, Palace are unlikely to have the funds required to snatch him from Chelsea.
Johnson reckons Gallagher should spend another season on loan away from the Blues to become even better. Then, he will have a great chance of making it into the Chelsea midfield the following campaign.
Glen Johnson talks Conor Gallagher future
“Right now, I’m not sure if Conor Gallagher would get in Chelsea’s team,” Johnson said (via football.london).
“As he’s been doing so well out on loan to Palace, if I was Chelsea, I’d be keen to give him another year on loan.
“That would give him another year to develop further, enjoy the games, learn the trade and then start smashing the first team door down the season after, but a lot can change in football.”
Johnson continued: “I like Gallagher a lot, but if he goes back to Chelsea, I don’t think he’ll play and you don’t want to stall the progress that he’s already made.”
Johnson’s prediction could well be the decision Chelsea take. After all, Gallagher may struggle to replace Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic or N’Golo Kante next season.
But with another year of top-flight football under his belt, he could be hard for Tuchel to ignore.
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has given an update on the futures of Chelsea duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.