If you look at the batch of Chelsea players currently out on loan from Stamford Bridge, Conor Gallagher is one of the main individuals shining.
Gallagher, 21, joined Premier League rivals West Brom last summer on a season-long loan, and is one of the most consistent performers for a team battling relegation.
He’s an all-action central midfielder that covers every blade of grass on the pitch when he plays. The England Under-21 international sets the tone for West Brom with his high intensity defensive work off the ball, while on it he’s extremely comfortable.
It’s no surprise that Goal reported in March that he’s one of the frontrunners from the loan army to be promoted to Thomas Tuchel’s first-team squad next season at Chelsea.
Gallagher is a product of the Blues academy that is ticking all the boxes out on loan, and is surely a future Chelsea first teamer.
One interesting comparison can be made between him and Mason Mount.
Now in his second season as a senior Chelsea player, Mount is someone that went through the process of being a Blues academy talent to reaping the benefits of the loan system.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder is now a key first teamer for Chelsea, as well as being a nailed-on starter for Gareth Southgate’s England.
It’s not fair at this moment in time to say Gallagher’s on his level, but he’s following a very similar path.
One of Mount’s greatest strengths is his sheer tenacity out of possession and unbelievable work-rate, something that is very much the same with Gallagher.
Obviously, midfield engine Gallagher is still working on the technical side of his game, but it’s easy to picture him adding the same sort of youthful energy to the Chelsea squad that Mount did in the 2019/20 campaign.
If reports come true, Chelsea may have another version of Mount at their disposal with great potential.
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