Tuchel admits he ‘would have loved’ to play alongside 21-year-old on Chelsea’s books

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Conor Gallagher is exactly the type of player he would have loved to play alongside. 

Tuchel, who was forced to retire as a player aged 24 because of a knee injury, has gone on to become one of the world’s elite managers. The 48-year-old coached the Blues to a Champions League trophy last season, plus his side are currently top of the Premier League table. 

He was asked in his Friday press conference about Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher. 

Gallagher, 21, has been superb this season since joining Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea. The box-to-box midfielder even made his senior debut for England during the international break, too.

Tuchel has given a glowing verdict on the youngster who’s on the club’s books:

“There cannot be a coach who does not love guys like this, humble nice, always with a smile on their face, always ready to give everything, who wants to learn and improve,” Tuchel said.

“Also as a team-mate I would have loved to play with him, because he’s a helper. He starts in minute one and he finishes maybe in the shower, that’s the earliest minute where he finishes running and seeing balls.”

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Gallagher has Chelsea future

There is still such a long way to go in the 2021/22 season, but it’s hard not to get excited about the prospect of Gallagher returning to Stamford Bridge next season after his loan.

First of all, the energetic midfielder needs to continue his dazzling form with Palace to stay in the spotlight. Also, he can look to make inroads into Gareth Southgate’s England side.

Petr Cech recently admitted he got close to staying with the Chelsea first team squad this season before leaving in the summer on loan. The Blues academy star can fulfil that dream if he continues on his current path, though. 

Rio Ferdinand recently described Gallagher as one of the best young players in the Premier League, which highlights his kind of potential.

He’s definitely a brilliant teammate to have due to his amount of running.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.