Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher has explained his strong start to the season in the Championship has seen his own expectations rise.
The 19-year-old moved to Charlton Athletic in the summer on a season-long loan and is hoping to be the latest Blues academy product to benefit from the loan system.
Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham were all enjoying spells away from Stamford Bridge last season, but now find themselves as permanent fixtures in the Chelsea team and also in the senior England squad.
Gallagher joined a Charlton side that were promoted from League One last season and were losing for survival in the Championship.
But they currently sit 10th in the table just two points off the play-offs and their Chelsea loanee has been a star player at the Valley.
The central midfielder has been thriving in a box-to-box role and has four goals plus two assists from his opening 11 league matches.
He’s now targeting 10 goals during his Charlton spell and appears to be loving life at the Valley.
“Goals are something I wanted to add to my game this season. Before I joined Charlton, I knew they mainly played a diamond and I feel my best position is box-to-box so the side of the diamond really suits me,” Gallagher told the club’s official website.
“I’ve realised that the team are better than what people were expecting and I’ve also scored a few goals myself, which is an incredible feeling. My target now is 10 goals and to maybe even push for the play-offs with Charlton – I know that’s a big statement but I believe the team is good enough to do it.”
Gallagher is certainly one of the loanees catching the eye so far this campaign and Blues senior boss Frank Lampard will be well aware of him.
The creative playmaker came off the bench for the England Under-21s side on Friday in a friendly against Slovenia and is a player on the rise.
But he’s going to have a mammoth task breaking into the Chelsea fold, as he would have to compete against the likes of Mount, Billy Gilmour, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Jorginho.
He’s is someone to keep out for though and he has to keep trying to make a big impression at Charlton.