Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is aiming to alter the role of Conor Gallagher if he can sign the youngster from Chelsea this summer.

According to The Athletic, Vieira wants Gallagher to play in a more advanced area within an attacking 4-3-3 formation for Palace.

This differs from the double pivot position Thomas Tuchel used him in during the Blues pre-season friendly fixture against Bournemouth.

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The 21-year-old was also on opposing instructions under Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce whilst on loan with West Bromwich Albion last term.

He generally featured as a box-to-box midfielder, asked to cover great distance whilst also contributing in the final third.

Although, the England Under-21 international only managed two goals and two assists in 32 appearances for West Brom, which indicates his defensive responsibility took presedence.

Even that he slightly struggled with.


No player committed more fouls (43) or received more yellow cards (11) for the Midland’s club than Gallagher in 2020/21.  

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In Vieira’s new system, Chelsea’s academy star should have more freedom to express himself offensively.

Palace are looking for a general reconstruction under the Arsenal icon and their transfers are hinting toward a new dawn.

Having already raided Stamford Bridge for Marc Guehi’s signature, the Eagles look to set to beat Leeds United to the signing of Gallagher.

They have also landed Joachim Anderson from Lyon and Reading’s Michael Olise.

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