With 5 goals and 1 assist already in his first senior season at Charlton, Conor Gallagher is tipped to be the next youngster to break through into Frank Lampard’s Chelsea next season. His impressive goal scoring form continues to impress Chelsea fans, but what will he offer for Chelsea’s midfield next season?
Replacement for Barkley
Chelsea’s midfield depth this season is extremely packed with the likes of Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Even Billy Gilmour has proven to be a great asset in there. That leaves Ross Barkley who has been disappointing this season. Barkley’s Chelsea days are numbered and he would probably push for a summer exit. With that being said, Conor Gallagher would be a great replacement for Barkley.
His goal scoring form for Charlton has proven that he is a clinical and an established attacking threat which perfectly replaces the role that Barkley currently provides.
Attacking and Chance Contribution
Conor Gallagher is a box to box midfielder who has a dynamic play style. His great decision making ability and creative eye allows him to make perfect weighted passes which will be a dangerous attacking threat for Chelsea. His ability to change the team’s attacking direction through passes and movements will be crucial. Especially against teams that defend deep as this can break down their compact defensive block. With a decent pass success percentage of 77.9% (whoscored.com) this season at Charlton, Conor Gallagher would be a great playmaker for Chelsea.
His energetic and fast tempo nature will be effective for Chelsea in attack. He is always looking for defensive gaps to exploit to make dangerous runs and his constant energetic runs breaking lines in the final third would be essential for Chelsea in attack. All of these traits have proved to be successful with him having 5 goals this season already. With Chelsea playing fast and attacking minded football, Gallagher would fit perfectly in Lampard’s squad.
Gallagher is an all around player who is capable of putting in a defensive shift to help his team out. As seen in his Charlton performances, he loves to track back no matter what stage of the game it is. His work rate would be great for Chelsea defensively and in pressing. He is a modern day midfielder who is capable of doing defensive duties as well.
Conor is a versatile midfielder who fits most positions in the midfield and with Lampard’s versatile formation changes as seen this season, Conor wouldn’t have a problem fitting in the midfield three.
Competition and injuries
A young hungry player who is eager to impress would provide great competition to push other players to perform and put in that extra mile. Gallagher’s mentality on and off the pitch will definitely have a positive impact on the team.
In case of injuries which Chelsea seem to be struggling with this season, having an extra player who is talented and wanting to prove themselves would be prefect. Gallagher without a doubt when given the opportunity will shine and will be a perfect player to cover for other injured players.
As we know, Chelsea’s midfield is extremely stacked with top players but that doesn’t mean we can’t have more. Assuming that Chelsea will have a fourth competition to compete in the next season, having a talented player who is hungry to succeed is perfect. Conor Gallagher would be an ideal player to start in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup which allows other players to rest. An occasional appearance in the Champions League and Premier league would be uplifting for his development.
Chelsea fans should be excited about Conor Gallagher. At 19 and only his first senior football season, he is already making a name for himself in the Championship. Chelsea have their hands on another exciting youngster and it is truly amazing to watch.