Former Chelsea manager Jody Morris has urged Thomas Tuchel to give Conor Gallagher regular first-team opportunities next season or risk losing him to a rival club.
Gallagher is enjoying a fantastic campaign on loan at Crystal Palace, where he works with legendary midfielder Patrick Vieira. The star has eight goals and five assists in 32 games so far.
That includes a goal and an assist during Palace’s upset victory over Manchester City in October. He also bagged a brace when the Eagles beat Everton 3-1 in December.
Gallagher’s impressive performances have given him his first taste of senior England action. He has made three appearances for the Three Lions, including two in the recent international break.
Reports have hinted at an offer of crystal Palace to make your transfer permanent. However, it would take a large sum to get him out of Stamford Bridge for good.
Instead, the central midfielder is likely to return to chelsea before next season. Then it will be up to Tuchel to decide if he can become a regular starter.
Morris, who was Frank Lampard’s assistant at Chelsea, has given his verdict on Gallagher’s future.
Morris sends warning to Conor Gallagher at Chelsea
He wants the 22-year-old to have a chance to shine in West London, to keep “serious drinkers” at bay.
“Conor Gallagher is certainly up there when it comes to Young Player of the Season,” Morris said (via Caught offside).
“His performances, not only this season at Crystal Palace, but also at Swansea and West Brom, have been incredible.
“He’s been a top-tier player for almost three years now, and he’s come into the Premier League like nothing happened.
“The energy he brings, the fact that he is contributing goals and how he looks at home on an international stage… there is no reason why Chelsea shouldn’t consider bringing him into the starting lineup next season.
“However, I hope they bring it with the intention of playing it. Don’t bring it back and keep it to play 10 or 15 games. You have to look to the future.
“A lot of Chelsea fans won’t like me to say this, but if you’re Conor Gallagher and you’re looking at your future, you’re thinking, ‘no one is guaranteed to play week after week at Chelsea’.
“Conor would like to know that the manager believes in him and is willing to give him the opportunity to showcase his talent in the first team.
“And, let me tell you, there would be a lot of takers, and I’m talking serious takers all over Europe, who will be keeping an eye on his situation. It has certainly been put on display.
“He could be like a great summer signing for Chelsea when he returns to the club at the end of the season.
“You just have to look at what happened to Mason Mount and his career when he came back from the Derby. Tammy Abraham also produced.
“There’s really no reason why clubs shouldn’t give these players a real chance, regardless of whether you’re one of the top four clubs or not.
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