Chelsea fans should not give up on 22-year-old despite display against Leeds - TCC View
Sunday’s fixture against Leeds United looked set to be the big chance for Conor Gallagher to prove himself at Chelsea.
Unfortunately for the 22-year-old, he struggled to make an impact on the game, with the midfield pairing of himself and Jorginho noticeably weak in the 3-0 loss.
The game was yet more evidence of how much the Blues struggle without the presence of N’golo Kante, with him expected to miss another month of action still.
With Mateo Kovacic injured too, there may be a need to stick by Gallagher in the coming weeks, as the fixtures begin to mount up.
However, Blues fans should not give up hope after one bad display that this relationship will not work out.
Thomas Tuchel slightly altered his formation again at the weekend, with him seemingly still yet to find the system he trusts the most going forward.
Gallagher needs another chance
The England international was essentially utilised as a defensive midfielder, with him sitting deep and being trusted with the ball to feet in difficult scenarios.
This could not be further from what he showed last season he excelled at during his time with Crystal Palace.
At Selhurst Park, he showed a tenacity to win the ball back high up the pitch, starting attacks from positions where they didn’t even seem possible.
Against Spurs last week, the Blues played a system which would’ve been perfect for Gallagher, and he showed this in his brief substitute performance.
Featuring in a side which are more prepared to press high up the pitch would suit his playstyle better, and there are certainly plenty of fixtures where that’ll be in their best interests.
The decision to pursue deals for the likes of Raheem Sterling over someone such as Cristiano Ronaldo should suggest they will be looking to shift to this style of play, so there are certainly still chances for Gallagher to bounce back.