'I really like him': Potter says 22-year-old who Tuchel rarely started for Chelsea has really impressed him

Graham Potter claimed in his post-match press conference that Conor Gallagher is a player who has impressed him in his short time at Chelsea.

The 22-year-old made a sensational impact of the bench this weekend, after coming of the bench to feature against Crystal Palace, the team he did so well with on loan.

The midfielder scored his first goal for the club with a few minutes to go at Selhurst Park, with his respect for the opponents and their supporters leaving him unable to celebrate.

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However, the moment will have no doubt been sweet for Gallagher, who has not enjoyed the best season so far.

He has struggled in positions he wouldn’t normally feature in, getting sent off against Leicester in one of his rare starts under Thomas Tuchel.

Potter praises Gallagher

Potter has claimed that the midfielder has been brilliant since he joined the club last month, saying he is desperate to succeed at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “He’s a young player who did very well at Crystal Palace last season and now it’s another step for him. Like with anything, you have to adapt and the team probably hasn’t performed as well as we could do so far this season in terms of being optimal for each player and playing at our top level.

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“I really like Conor. He’s a fantastic kid, first of all, who trains well every day and he’s desperate to do well, he’s desperate to play for Chelsea and he’s desperate to be successful here. So that’s a great starting point.

“Now it’s about finding the right balance for him to be in the team and for the players on the pitch to play to their optimal level on a regular basis. Regarding Conor as a person though, he’s absolutely top.”

With the massive Champions League game to come this week against AC Milan, Gallagher will be hoping he’s done enough in his cameo to start on Wednesday.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released