'I believe': Tuchel thinks Chelsea youngster can be in his squad next season
Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher is ready to be part of his squad at Stamford Bridge next season.
Gallagher, 22, is a Blues-owned talent that’s enjoying a great campaign out on loan.
The box-to-box midfielder has been an integral player for Premier League and London rivals Crystal Palace, scoring eight goals and making five assists across all competitions for them this season.
He won’t be available to play tomorrow when Chelsea face Palace in the FA Cup semi-finals, though. Palace defender Marc Guehi has shared how Gallagher has reacted to the news he won’t feature at Wembley Stadium.
Tuchel’s been discussing Gallagher in some detail ahead of the FA Cup. He’s made one vital claim that he does view the youngster as someone that can play in the Blues first-team group next season when he returns from his loan.
“I believe that Conor can be a part of our squad and can play a role with us but I’m not the only one to decide,” Tuchel said.
“We need to speak after the season with everybody and we need to see what Conor wants. We need to see what the situation is, what role we have for him and what he can fight for because you need something to fight for.”
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It’s going to be great next season to see a new midfielder added to the ranks to compete for places.
Gallagher, who’s now a senior England international, looks good enough to genuinely compete for a starting position at the Bridge next year. He should be massively encouraged by Tuchel’s latest remarks, too.
The likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic will only thrive off fresh young blood fighting for places.
If Tuchel looks to use a 4-3-3 system more often, Gallagher is tailor-made to play that formation and give Chelsea some extra attacking impotence from midfield areas.