'I want to start': Chelsea player sends clear message to Graham Potter after fine cameo v Crystal Palace

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher said he wants to continue to impress manager Graham Potter and earns a regular spot in the team after a strong performance in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Gallagher is always known as a goalscoring midfielder, and he finally scored his first senior goal for Chelsea at a familiar ground, Selhurst Park.

It was a special goal as well. A match-winning fine curler from outside the box in the final minutes of the game.

Potter put him on to make an impact, and he certainly did.

While he is happy to help the team, Gallagher is not content with being an impact substitute, however.

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Gallagher sends clear message to Graham Potter

“Hopefully I can build a bit of confidence with the goal and push on,” the England international told BBC MOTD.

“I want to work as hard as I can for him [manager Graham Potter] and be available wherever he needs me, whether starting or coming off the bench.

“Obviously I want to start, and I need to show him I’m good enough.”

The 22-year-old arguably had a rough start at Chelsea, although it was not entirely his fault.

Under former manager Thomas Tuchel, who preferred a 3-4-3 formation, Gallagher had to play in a two-man midfield system which likely hindered him.

Potter, on the other hand, seems to have introduced new formations which allow Gallagher to play a more natural role.

In addition to that, there could be more midfield spots in these new systems, which would only benefit Gallagher and other midfielders.

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