Pundit compares Conor Gallagher to Blues legend
Pundit Keith Andrews said he sees similarities between on-loan Chelsea star Conor Gallagher and two Premier League greats Lee Bowyer and Frank Lampard.
The 20-year-old is tipped to be the next breakout star from Chelsea’s youth set-up, having had two impressive loan stints in the Championship this season.
In the first half of the campaign, he made 26 appearances in the league for Charlton Athletic where he managed six goals and two assists.
He went on to join Swansea City in January but, despite not scoring in 10 games, last year’s Chelsea academy player of the season displayed his play-making prowess with five assists so far.
Having such high numbers from midfield, former Premier League midfielder Andrews compared the England U21 star to the two managers he has worked with Bowyer [at Charlton] and Lampard.
Andrews told Sky Sports: “I would imagine he would have had a lot of one-to-ones and spoke to him about what he used to do as a player: box-to-box, arriving on the edge of the box, getting shots off, crosses, cut-backs, things like that.
“And of course, Frank Lampard who Gallagher grew up worshipping, so I am led to believe.
“Those are the components to his game: box-to-box, real energy, likes to get stuck in, wins the ball back but then he breaks so quickly.
“His engine and his speed of how he covers the grass is very impressive.”
The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder also added that, although Gallagher could play in various midfield positions, he is best suited to the number 8 role.
“He’s a classic No 8; he has an unbelievable energy, he does the ugly side of the game, but you have to let him off the leash and let him get forward,” he added.