Jamie Carragher described on-loan Chelsea star Conor Gallagher as an all-round midfielder — and that might be exactly what the Blues need next season.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has plenty of midfield options at his disposal at the moment, particularly after Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek seem to have reclaimed their spot in the squad.

The Blues, however, do not really have an attacking midfielder who really thrives in the space between the midfield and offensive lines aside from Mason Mount.

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Their two consecutive defeats to Manchester City and Juventus demonstrated exactly how big an impact that Mount’s absence could have on the team’s attacking plans.

While Chelsea can obviously bring in a new player to provide backup to Mount in the transfer market, they arguably already have an ideal candidate in their former academy player of the year, Gallagher.

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“He’s been one of the best players for [Crystal] Palace this season,” Liverpool legend Carragher told Sky Sports (via Metro) about Gallagher.

“Maybe with the new manager, there is a slightly different style, but he is so energetic.

 

“We talk about certain types of midfielder, he seems to do a little bit of everything.

“He has so much energy getting into the box, he will score goals for palace this season, no doubt.”

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The 21-year-old has already had two goals and an assist for Palace this season, and as Carragher pointed out, he has also established himself as a key player for them as well.

Especially if Tuchel stays in charge next season.

Rather than having a lot of wingers like Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, and Callum Hudson-Odoi who have had to play more centrally in Tuchel’s 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 system, bringing in an attacking centre-midfielder like Gallagher makes more sense tactically.

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