‘Perfect decision’: Tuchel says he supports piece of transfer business Chelsea did over the summer

Thomas Tuchel said that he fully backed the choice to let Conor Gallagher leave Chelsea to join Crystal Palace on loan for the season.

Speaking in his press conference earlier today, Tuchel insisted there have been no doubts on his part about allowing Cobham’s pupil to cross the capital city divide.

The German coach wouldn’t be blamed for feeling just the slight bit of remorse for relinquishing the 21-year-old’s services.

Gallagher has been phenomenal in a Palace shirt following his move from Stamford Bridge to Selhurst Park.

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Six goals and three assists in 16 appearances is just the tip of the iceberg.  

His performance levels have rarely dropped below par; in fact, they’ve generally stayed way above it.

Like many of the midfielder’s fans, Gareth Southgate has enjoyed watching the baby Eagle soar this term.

The England manager called Gallagher up the senior squad for the first time during the latest international break.

Chelsea damaged goods

So, based purely on form, Chelsea can be kicking themselves slightly for letting this one slip

Yet, the real reason for their potential regret might be caused by the fitness status of Tuchel’s squad.

At one stage of the campaign, all four of the regular central midfielders were missing through injury, whilst unconventional back-up Trevoh Chalobah was also side-lined.

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This led to Ross Barkley and Reece James partnering up centrally to face Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League last week.

Tuchel tells it how it is

When asked if the judgement call on Gallagher’s future was miscalculated because of this scenario, the Blues boss gave an adamant answer.

“I’ve said many times how much we like Conor and how well he is doing, nothing has changed. We saw his goals; we see his performances all the time,” said Tuchel.

“There is absolutely no regret because maybe it seemed like the perfect decision for him and we discussed mainly for him what the best option was in the summer.

“You cannot take the circumstances from now and doubt the decision from July. It’s simply not possible.

“We did what we did and we are very happy with it because obviously it’s worked out for Conor.

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“We need to work our issues out which are being unlucky for having injuries in the centre of our game.

“We are suffering from it but this has nothing to do with Conor.”

Even if Chelsea wanted to recall Gallagher in January, a clause in his contract would’ve prevented them from doing so.

Fortunately, the midfield woes are beginning to unwind.

N’Golo Kante and Chalobah are both back in training, whilst Mateo Kovacic will be out of covid isolation on Friday.

Good news for all in blue.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.