Chelsea have recalled Conor Gallagher from his loan spell at Championship side Charlton. Sky Sports confirmed that the 19-year-old trained with the senior squad today after returning to the club.
The young midfielder was massively impressive at the Addicks in the first half of the season. He scored six goals in 26 appearances and put in several brilliant performances.
His parent club sees recalling him as the best option. The Blues feel that Gallagher could be playing for a better side than Charlton and are keen to see him progress quickly. The Daily Mail has reported that Premier League clubs Burnley and Norwich are interested in a loan move.
It would be a big step for the England U-21 star, but one that he could take in his stride. The only worry is the uncertainty over his first-team opportunities.
At Charlton, Gallagher was one of the first names on the teamsheet. Allowing him to have a full season of regular senior football would have been fantastic for his development. He would have got that at Charlton, but may not find it as easy somewhere else.
The holder of Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Season award needs to be playing regular football. If he joins a Premier League club and sits on the bench for the remainder of the season, his confidence and progress will be halted.
It will be interesting to see which club Chelsea move Gallagher to for the remainder of the season. There is no denying that it is a big decision that will have a serious impact on one of the club’s brightest young talents.