Tore Andre Flo comments on Conor Gallagher's prospects of Chelsea breakthrough
Chelsea loan player technical coach Tore Andre Flo called Frank Lampard’s youth push a success story but is unsure if next season there would be a similar breakthrough for on-loan players.
The former Norway striker, who oversees Chelsea’s well-known loan system alongside a number of other club legends such as Paulo Ferreira, Claude Makelele and Carlo Cudicini, has seen the results of his hard work in the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Andreas Christensen.
These players have had loan spells under their belt before becoming important parts of Chelsea’s first-team.
Flo told Goal: “I think that this season has been a success story for Chelsea’s loan programme overall. It has been a brilliant season.
“It is nice, especially for those of us who work with the youngsters to see that our policy is working.
“This is something we have been working for a long time and we are really seeing the benefits of it now in the last few years.”
The fact that Lampard has given eight Chelsea academy players their first-team debuts should be a tremendous confidence boost for the current crop of loanees, after the seemingly insurmountable gap from the youth system to the senior side in previous years.
However, despite being impressed by some on-loan talents such as Conor Gallagher, Flo is not expecting many academy graduates breaking into the senior squad.
He said: “It has been a decent year for us. But in terms of how many players we have in the first-team, that will go up and down year-by-year.
“Still, the likes of Conor have been very good. This is his first year as a senior player and he has got a lot of valuable experience by playing football at Championship level, which is great.
“He’s a very exciting prospect for us.”
Gallagher has had successful loan spells at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City in the Championship this season and is tipped for the next breakthrough to Lampard’s squad.
He has managed six goals and seven assists from midfield for both sides combined.
On upcoming FIFA loan rule changes, Flo said Chelsea would make an adjustment by shifting their focus to sending academy players on loan.