Potter should start 22-year-old Chelsea player tomorrow night, he already 'really likes' him - TCC View

It’s fair to say it’s not been the start to his Chelsea career that Conor Gallagher was hoping for.

Having excelled last season with Crystal Palace, all eyes were on this campaign to see if he could emulate that form and ability on the bigger stage of Stamford Bridge.

Being introduced pretty much out of position hadn’t helped, with his red card against Leicester City being a result of not playing in his preferred role.

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The change of manager may indirectly have been the greatest thing that could have happened to the 22-year-old, despite now missing out on the opportunity to play under one of the greatest managers in the world in Thomas Tuchel.

However, in his two cameo performances under Graham Potter, he has featured in a more attacking role, similar to where he did so well at Selhurst Park.

Gallagher ready for start

There appears to be two of those roles on offer, with Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic currently the starting options in those positions.

However, the Croatian certainly looked rusty at the weekend, as he looks set to bring himself back to full fitness following an injury earlier this season.

This has surely opened up an opportunity for Gallagher to show the new manager what he can do from the start, with him already leaving a strong first impression on Potter.

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The former Brighton man has already claimed he ‘really likes’ the Englishman, and he will be full of confidence after finding the net for the first time in Chelsea colours.

His goal threat was strong for Palace last season, and opportunities will likely to pop up more often with the quality of surrounding players.

On what is set to be a massive night for Chelsea, Gallagher could have the ultimate opportunity to cement his place around the first team with a good performance, if trusted with a start.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.