Former Liverpool defender, Glen Johnson has advised Chelsea to allow Conor Gallagher leave the club during the January transfer window.
Recall that Gallagher spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace in the Premier League where he scored eight goals across 34 games in the league and was named Crystal Palace Player of the Year for 2021-22, working under boss Patrick Vieira.
But the Blues decided to keep him at Stamford Bridge instead, with Gallagher limited to 158 minutes of Premier League action across Chelsea’s first six games.
However, in an interview with SafeBettingSites, Johnson said that he would have developed more better if he was allowed to remain at Palace.
“I don’t think in terms of leaving the club, but another season on loan for Gallagher would have been great for him,” Johnson told SafeBettingSites.
“Personally I would have liked him to carry on his development, he was clearly enjoying himself.
“I’d rather have Chelsea have let him go back out on loan and then re-evaluate the situation at the end of the season.”
Style of play
Gallagher has said his “best position is as a box-to-box midfielder […] I can play deeper and I can play attacking as well” and was described by Lee Bowyer, his manager at Charlton at the time, as “an all-round midfielder. His work-rate is unreal, he puts his foot in for tackles and he can also see a pass”. Patrick Vieira has likened Gallagher’s style of play to that of former players Ray Parlour and Frank Lampard, who was Gallagher’s idol while he was growing up.
Early and personal life
Gallagher was born in Epsom, Surrey to Lee and Samantha Gallagher and is the youngest of their four sons. He grew up in Great Bookham and attended Howard of Effingham School. His older brothers, Jake, Josh and Dan,] are footballers at non-league level. Gallagher’s family are Chelsea fans, and he lived a ten-minute drive from their training ground in Stoke d’Abernon.
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