Schwarzer says 'phenomenal' 21-year-old on Chelsea's books is ready to play ahead of Loftus-Cheek

Mark Schwarzer has said that Chelsea talent Conor Gallagher already looks good enough to play ahead of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Schwarzer, who had a brief spell at Stamford Bridge at the back end of his playing career, has explained that he’s a big fan of Gallagher.

Gallagher, 21, is an exciting young player that Chelsea sent out on loan to Crystal Palace this season. The box-to-box midfielder has six goals and three assists in only 17 appearances for Premier League outfit Palace.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Loftus-Cheek is back in the senior squad with the Blues this campaign after a loan last year. The Englishman is getting plenty of minutes under Thomas Tuchel, but received criticism for his display last night in the 1-1 draw at home to Everton.

Mark Schwarzer has suggested that Gallagher is already good enough to play ahead of Loftus-Cheek at Chelsea.

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“His (Gallagher) work rate in midfield is phenomenal… Would he play ahead of Loftus-Cheek? Probably, I could see him playing ahead of Loftus-Cheek,” he said.

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Chelsea fans be patient with Gallagher

Of course, every Chelsea supporter is itching to watch Gallagher play for them.

He’s another massive success story to come out of the Blues academy and he’s got all the traits needed to be a success in Tuchel’s side.

However, Chelsea reportedly no longer have the option in January to recall Gallagher from his loan at Palace due to the amount of appearances he’s made. It could be a blessing in disguise, though.

Gallagher can really continue his quick development with Palace for the rest of the 2021/22 season and suggesting he can overtake Loftus-Cheek in the pecking order looks spot on based off form.

In fairness, Loftus-Cheek’s in possession of the shirt right now as a Chelsea squad player in midfield, so he just needs to try make the most of every chance on the pitch.

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