'An exciting future': Graham Potter predicts there's a lot more to come from 22-year-old Chelsea player
Graham Potter has predicted there’s a lot more to come from Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher, and he’s excited by what he can do in the future.
Potter, who took charge as Chelsea’s head coach a couple of months ago, inherited a very talented crop of players at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues manager has hit his first bump in the road after three defeats in the last four games, but he’s got a squad filled with individuals that will soon be jetting off to the World Cup.
Gallagher, 22, is perhaps one of the surprise inclusions to make England’s final 26-man squad for Qatar.
The box-to-box midfielder is bringing a real energy to the Chelsea side when he’s on the pitch, but he’s still adjusting during his debut campaign as a first-team player with the club.
Potter excited by Gallagher
Gallagher has not started a lot since Potter arrived in September. It’s not prevented him from earning an England call-up, though.
In fact, Chelsea’s boss has actually made a prediction about the youngster’s future.
When discussing Gallagher, Potter said: “I don’t know how many games in the Premier League he has played, but I doubt it is more than 50.
“So until players have played that amount, you don’t want to get too excited because there is a long way to go. Yet because of his mentality, I think he has got an exciting future ahead of him.”
However, it goes to show just how highly Gareth Southgate does rate him.
It was always going to be a challenging task breaking into Chelsea’s main group this year, despite lighting up the Premier League with Palace last season.
He may have hoped to be on the pitch a little more, but everything is definitely moving in the right direction for him.
It feels like his game is aligned to the style of Potter with real high pressure, so it won’t be a surprise to see him really grow in the second half of the season post-World Cup.