Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher is reportedly keen to go back to his parent club at the end of the season, ignoring the advice of former boss Sam Allardyce, after details of a private chat with Rio Ferdinand have emerged. The youngster is shining on loan at Crystal Palace this campaign, and while there is expected to be serious interest in him once that spell comes to an end, Stamford Bridge is supposedly his preferred destination.
With seven goal involvements in 11 Premier League games this campaign, Gallagher is enjoying a tremendous breakthrough at Selhurst Park.
Tireless running and solid all-round attributes make his numbers look even more impressive, and Gareth Southgate recognised his talent with a senior England call-up.
Under the tutelage of midfield legend Patrick Vieira, Gallagher is expected to improve even further with expert guidance and regular game time.
Although Chelsea is stacked full of midfield talent, it appears as though the 21-year-old is keen to have a crack at breaking into Tuchel’s plans once his loan spell concludes.
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Both the Italian and the Frenchman are shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or, and while Gallagher is blossoming into an exciting talent, their experience and achievements far outweigh his.
During the midfielder’s loan spell at West Brom last campaign, Allardyce issued a warning about the difficulties which would come with returning to Stamford Bridge.
“If we stay in the Premier League I’d hope he is here next season not at Chelsea,” he said.
“He’d be better off having another season with us rather than the competitive size of the Chelsea squad.
“I have seen a good player since I have been here. I heard how good he was before I came.
“I think every day and every game he plays in the Premier League he gains more experience. When you lose more than you win, which he is experiencing for the first time, it makes you tougher. More determined.”
Still, as the latest details emerge it appears as though Gallagher is prepared to risk losing the momentum he has built up during his various loan spells.
Young stars like Ruben Loftus-Cheek have found their development stunted due to a lack of opportunities under Tuchel, while Gallagher will hope that he has shown enough to warrant a level of trust from the German to put him in amongst the action.