On-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is determined to force his way into Thomas Tuchel’s plans this summer, according to The Sun.
At West Bromwich Albion, the 21-year-old has been battling to avoid relegation pretty much all season so far. Unsurprisingly, he has only had two goals and two assists in the league.
But Gallagher has certainly proven that he can play at his level, having shone at the Championship during his loan deals at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City last season.
According to the report, Gallagher will return to Stamford Bridge this summer and is eager to stay and fight for a spot in the squad under the new Chelsea manager.
A few Premier League clubs; Leeds United, Crystal Palace, and Newcastle United are monitoring the former Chelsea academy player of the year. However, Gallagher would turn down any summer loan offers, the report added.
Any interested party could have to wait at least until January when Gallagher will reassess his situation at Chelsea.
Gallagher has predominantly been playing as a centre-midfielder at West Brom — a position that Tuchel might want to strengthen this summer.
As things stand, Tuchel already has four clear centre-midfield options for two midfield positions in his 3-4-3 system; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Billy Gilmour.
But Tuchel has often struggled to rotate, particularly when one of the more experienced midfield is not available.
As a result, the German has had to drop Mason Mount, who has been very important in the final third, into midfield on a few occasions.
Although Gallagher is naturally an attacking midfielder, he has improved the defensive side of his game, while still offers creativity in the middle of the pitch.
If Gilmour decides to pursuit regular football on loan this summer, Gallagher will also be a very good — and certainly cost-efficient — replacement.