Chelsea Football Club arguably have the best youth academy in England and probably one of the best in the world. From year to year, Cobham keeps producing different sets of talented youngsters, who are well-grounded in the business of football and play their game at the highest level, even at a young age.
A number of youth players left Chelsea this summer because they were not assured of a clear path to the first team. However, there are still players like Conor Gallagher who are willing to stay at the club and fight for a place in Thomas Tuchel's squad.
The 21 year old midfielder impressed in the English Premier League last season on loan at West Brom. He was a main part of their starting eleven but unfortunately, his efforts were not enough to rescue the Baggies from getting relegated.
Chelsea have sent Gallagher on another season long loan, this time to join Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace squad.
The England Under-21 international has already established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet. He has started all their games in all competitions, except their opening day defeat to his parent club Chelsea.
Gallagher was the hero of the day in the London derby between West Ham United and Crystal Palace.
He grabbed the first goal of the season for the Eagles with a well taken finish into the right side of the goal, before completing his brace with a clever twist and finish into the bottom corner.
Style of play
Conor Gallagher is a very similar kind of player to Mason Mount. He is a midfielder who can operate as a number ten behind the striker, or as a number eight in the center of midfield.
Like Mount, he is also a midfielder that has an eye for goal and he showed it with his brace at the weekend. He is not afraid to join his team's attack and has a habit of popping up in the box to contribute to the goals.
Gallagher himself has admitted that he would like to emulate the achievements of Mason Mount by playing for the Chelsea first team one day. “If I can copy Mason Mount's path to the Chelsea first team, I would be buzzing”, he said in a recent interview.
[Quotes via @Blue_Footy on Twitter]
Gallagher is a very good midfielder with plenty of potential to become one of the best. He is a hard working player and always tries his best to improve. If he can maintain his good form for Crystal Palace, he could be the next Mason Mount to break into the Chelsea first team in a near future.
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Photo credits: Crystal Palace & Conor Gallagher Instagram pages.
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