Vieira's comment suggests Chelsea already have what they are missing

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was full of praise for Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher’s goalscoring performance in their 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday.

Two goals, including a late screamer, and three key passes — the 21-year-old had an outstanding performance at Selhurst Park at the weekend.

But it is not only in the final third, Gallagher also made two tackles and six ball recoveries as he showcased his all-round quality.

The former Chelsea academy player of the year has now had six goals and been directly involved in nine goals for Palace so far this season.


After the game, Vieira spoke about the importance of goalscoring midfielders like Gallagher.

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“When the team plays well, I think players like Conor will always shine because they’ve got talents and quality,” the Crystal Palace boss told beIN SPORTS.

“He works really hard for the team, and he can score goals.

“It’s good to have a player, especially in midfield, who can score a couple of goals during the season.”

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Chelsea could use more productive midfielders

Thomas Tuchel has previously played down discussions over Gallagher’s potential January recall, but based on his comments, it was very clear he is a big fan of the midfielder’s talent.

Chelsea have plenty of goalscorers in different areas of the pitch but aside from Jorginho’s penalties, they arguably lack goalscoring threats from midfield.

Mason Mount, who is the only Chelsea player with more goals and assists (10) than Gallagher so far, can be that goalscoring midfielder, but he has mostly played in an attacking role under Tuchel.

It also remains unclear whether Gallagher would fit into Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system which does not use any traditional No.8s.

However, if Chelsea are to get the most out of both Mount and Gallagher, a switch to a back four should be the way to go next season.

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