Conor Gallagher urged to avoid Chelsea return this summer by West Ham icon

Conor Gallagher urged to leave Chelsea on loan or permanent move in next transfer window

In conversation talkSPORT as quoted by ExpressFormer Chelsea striker Carlton Cole believes Conor Gallagher should not return to the Stamford Bridge squad next season.

The 22-year-old has been impressive in his current loan spell with Crystal Palace, growing by leaps and bounds under the tutelage of Patrick Viera. The Eagles have begun to portray themselves as the dark horse of the Premier League and their 3-0 win over Arsenal shows how far they have come as a club over recent seasons.

Gallagher has been pivotal for our London rivals, having scored eight goals and five assists in 31 games in all competitions for holding Selhurst Park. The youngster who was mainly deployed as a central midfielder can also be used as an attacking midfielder or a right midfielder.

During his professional career, Cole continued to play only 34 games in all competitions for the Blues, but managed to win a respectable 293 appearances for West Ham United. This gives the 38-year-old a wealth of Premier League experience for us to consider his views and ideas.

Carlton Cole thinks Conor Gallagher shouldn’t return to Chelsea next season. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Talk to talkSPORT as quoted by Express, the former Premier League striker has shared his thoughts on Gallagher’s current situation. He went on to say that the England midfielder should be at a club where he can play as much as possible.

“But for him personally, I would just like to keep playing, keep playing. I will stay [at Palace] yes, I would stay. Whether on loan for another year or whether you are bought. It depends on the scenario. But I looked at him and just felt he had to keep his momentum going and keep playing. Now he has entered the English setup leaving Chelsea, so it’s perfect for him, everything is set up for him.

The rise of Conor Gallagher

The England professional also had a previous loan spell with West Brom where his potential could be seen, but his latest spell with the Eagles managed to attract more eyeballs and even managed to earn him a call up to the national team. English.

At 22, Gallagher still has his best years ahead of him and could be seen as our midfield torchbearer for years to come. That being said, the Stamford Bridge squad already have a plethora of players playing in the same position, making it difficult for the England international to get the same kind of first-team minutes he is enjoying at the moment.

Conor Gallagher has been impressive during his loan spell at Crystal Palace so far.
Conor Gallagher has been impressive during his loan spell at Crystal Palace so far.

This could probably stunt his growth so another potential loan spell for the Englishman wouldn’t be the biggest surprise for our fans. The Blues have in the past made extensive use of the loan system with a view to developing promising talent in their squad. Armando Broja is another such player who enjoyed his time at Southampton.

Conor Gallagher could therefore take Carlton Cole’s advice and get another loan spell to maintain his current trajectory. With that in mind, it would be a very reckless move by our club if we decide to sell him permanently in the near future.

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The club faithful should be patient with Gallagher and only decide to bring him back if they have concrete plans to make him a regular fixture in their first team at Stamford Bridge. In all honesty, there’s nothing concrete to suggest why he can’t make our first-team squad next season like Mason Mount did under Frank Lampard.

Jorginho and N’Golo Kante aren’t the youngest midfielders and Saul Niguez was only loaned out last summer. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley, meanwhile, aren’t exactly preferred by Tuchel to start games on a regular basis. If so, it might be a win-win for the parties involved.

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