'Been fantastic': Manager raves about 22-year-old Chelsea loanee that's looked at home this season

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira thinks Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher has looked at home this season while playing at Selhurst Park.

Gallagher, 22, is nearly at the end of a season-long loan with Palace.

Eagles manager Vieira praises Gallagher for being “fantastic” over the course of the 2021/22 campaign, with the Premier League season ending this Sunday.

The Chelsea-owned talent has been phenomenal for Palace this year, scoring eight goals and creating five assists in 38 games across all competitions.

He’s played as a genuine box-to-box central midfielder that covers every blade of grass with relentless work-rate.

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Vieira praises Gallagher

With the league season ending on the weekend, Vieira is keen to highlight what a huge impact Gallagher has had in the Palace XI.

He’s arguably been the pick of the bunch from all the Chelsea loanees developing their game away from Stamford Bridge during the past nine months.

“Conor has been fantastic to us,” Vieira said.

“He felt like he is at home the way he has been performing for us. He understands the way that we want to play the game, and he brings his energy and his determination.”

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Chelsea will be home next season

Yes, there’s going to be a connection forever between Gallagher and Palace after they really gave him the platform to kick on in his career. For instance, he’s now made a senior England debut because of his impact at Selhurst.

However, Gallagher’s another Chelsea academy graduate that must have dreamt for years of playing in the Blues first team.

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel recently said he thinks the 22-year-old talent can be a part of his senior squad next season at Stamford Bridge.

It feels like next season is such a definitive year to see if he’s ready for that elite bracket.

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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.