'Good enough': Chelsea talent shares Tuchel's assessment of his pre-season

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher said he feels ready to establish himself in the first team after encouraging words from manager Thomas Tuchel.

Having returned from such a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace, where he finished the season as the club’s player of the season, there is obviously a lot of expectation on the 22-year-old at Chelsea.

The versatile midfielder has unsurprisingly taken part in Chelsea’s pre-season tour in the United States under Tuchel to help him adjust.

His poor penalty kick against Charlotte FC aside, Gallagher clearly does not seem out of place in this Chelsea side, although it will take time before he fully adjusts to the team.

Speaking about his progress during the pre-season, Gallagher is confident that he has made a strong case for his first-team promotion.

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“I’ve got to try to impress and show what I can do,” the England international told Sky Sports.

“But yeah, so far so good.

“[After Crystal Palace loan], I was feeling like I’m ready to make the step-up to Chelsea this season.

“Obviously, the boss [Tuchel] said that he wants me around, and he thinks I’m good enough, so hopefully I can play a big part this season with Chelsea.”

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Gallagher will have to compete with experienced stars such as N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for spots in midfield at Chelsea, however.

His work rate and energy as a young player could prove valuable to the Blues, but the aforementioned names, especially the first three, have played key roles in the team in the last few years and are expected to continue to do so this season.

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