Conor Gallagher is one of Chelsea’s most exciting youth players and is on the rise. The 19 year old who recently signed a new three year contract at the club, is at Charlton Athletic on loan for the 2019/2020 season. 

He joined Chelsea’s Academy at age six and has been rising through the academy ever since. During his academy career, Conor was a key player for the U18s side that won four trophies under Jody Morris and was called up for the U17 World Cup for England who went on to win it. Last season he won Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Season, mainly playing as a central midfielder along the likes of Gilmour and McEachran for the development squad. It’s only the beginning of the season and Conor is already a key player at Charlton. 

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Performances for Charlton

Conor is already proving to be a star player for Charlton in the Championship. His performances have been nothing but quality and starting five out of six games, he has already scored three goals and added an assist to his name. His first senior goal came from a corner kick in the 83rd minute against Stoke City where he clinically placed the ball into the net which was enough to secure Charlton a 3-1 victory.

His outstanding performances didn’t stop there, he went on to score a goal against Barnsley and also won a penalty to secure a 2-2 draw. Gallagher continued his impressive form against Nottingham Forest where he made a superb weighted through ball pass to Leko who crossed the ball for Talyor who headed it in. His third goal secured Charlton a 1-0 win against Brentford where he finished off a through ball by placing it to the top left corner. He added his first assist for Charlton to secure a 2-0 win against Reading this weekend. There is no doubt that Conor’s performances is one of the reasons why Charlton have remained unbeaten in the Championship so far. 

The Quality Conor Possesses

Conor Gallgaher’s performances at Charlton so far has proved that he is a game changer. He is a very versatile and energetic midfielder who is constantly pressing when out of possession, breaking lines in the final third with his drives and making dangerous runs. His passing is something that makes him stand out with his weighted through ball passes something defenders should be scared of. 

Not only is Conor a great technical player, he has a mindset that is hard to find for footballers his age. His willingness to learn and improve has made him a very coachable player which will definitely be beneficial in the future.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is extremely impressed with the loan star and has even stated that Conor stands out among the players he has worked with saying “The most encouraging thing for me is the way he listens and puts into practice what you are asking him to do.”

There is no doubt that Conor Gallagher will be a great player and a potentially vital one for Chelsea in the upcoming years. 

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