BBC pundit reckons Chelsea loanee will now ‘reap the rewards’ after struggling last season

Garth Crooks believes that Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher may have found the perfect destination to shine at new side Crystal Palace.

Gallagher, 21, was loaned out by the Blues this season to London rivals Crystal Palace.

The box-to-box central midfielder has spent the last couple of years out on various loans, so it’ll be intriguing to see how he gets on at Selhurst Park.

He’s made himself a favourite with Palace supporters already after he scored twice at the weekend in their 2-2 draw away to West Ham in the Premier League. 

Firstly, the Englishman tucked in an equaliser from a tight angle. He then equalised for the second time with a stunner. The playmaker beautifully created space for himself in a crowed penalty area with a turn on the ball before firing into the bottom corner. 

BBC pundit Crooks suggests that last season Gallagher struggled in a West Brom team that were relegated from the Premier League. 

However, he’s extremely positive about the Chelsea-owned talents loan move to Palace.

“I thought he did extremely well to squeeze his first goal past Lukasz Fabianski, but the second was a sensational finish. Gallagher looks very comfortable in the Crystal Palace set-up,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“I saw him play for West Brom while on loan last season and struggle in a poor side. However, the Chelsea player, who is prepared to go out on loan wherever he can to get valuable playing time, is starting to reap the rewards.”

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Conor Gallagher can be great for Palace

Patrick Vieira is the Palace boss tasked with trying to put together a new-look side with plenty of fresh blood. For him, he’s going to be looking at Gallagher as one of his go-to players. 

Gallagher has been on it from day once since his switch to Palace, which is everything you want in a loan move. 

This is a chance for Gallagher to get another year of top-flight football under his belt to hopefully push him closer to the Chelsea first team. It seems like the all-action midfielder will be given a licence to join in with attacks and he’s got the ability to chip in with goals.

Finally, Crooks’ comments regarding Gallagher’s form last year seem harsh.

His form was a little inconsistent over the course of the entire season at West Brom, but he was one of the few that tried to inject some energy and creativity to a group that were relegated.

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