'Outstanding': Henry says he likes everything about player Chelsea have on their books

Thierry Henry gave Conor Gallagher a glowing review following another fine performance on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea.

Speaking on Sky Sports yesterday evening, Henry struggled to contain his praise for the Palace midfielder.

Gallagher has been earning a bucket load of compliments since he moved across the capital in July.

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Chelsea decided the 21-year-old’s efforts would be best spent on loan again this season, opting to offer his services to Patrick Vieira.

Palace have certainly been grateful for their London rival’s gift.

Since joining the Eagles, the young Englishman has started five Premier League matches, scoring two goals and providing an assist.

He was the heart of Palace’s latest point, winning the penalty against Brighton & Hove Albion last night that put Vieira’s side in front.

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Gunners great loves Gallagher

When queried what aspects of Gallagher’s game he admired most, Henry’s answer was simple.

“Everything,” said the iconic Arsenal striker.

“The way he puts pressure, the way he makes his team play, he makes the box.

“He has an eye for a goal at the minute, he’s way higher than when he used to play for West Brom on loan from Chelsea.

“I think he’s a player that loves to be unleashed, so let him go, let him go and put pressure, let him go and play, let him go and tackle.

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“I thought he was outstanding.

“Conor Gallagher shouldn’t be at the end of a team that didn’t win the game today.”

Cracking Conor

Earning the approval of arguably the league’s greatest ever forward will certainly do the CV wonders.

But Henry is not alone in his good wishes for Gallagher.

“He is a very good player, to be honest,” said Palace teammate and talisman, Wilfred Zaha.

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Of course, the Selhurst Park faithful have been singing the Chelsea loanee’s name from the rafters all campaign long.

But will Stamford Bridge’s choir be in a similar voice next term for their talented academy pupil?

If Gallagher continues in this form, there will undoubtedly be a tug of war between his parent club and current employers.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.