Jason Cundy praised Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher for his match-winning display earlier today at Crystal Palace.

Despite going behind to an Odsonne Edouard opener, visitors Chelsea came back to beat Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be able to take huge confidence from his goal on Saturday, equalising with a really tidy finish on the swivel inside the box.

The game appeared destined to be heading for a draw, but the Blues grabbed all three points in the Premier League in spectacular fashion.

Gallagher came off the bench against Palace, who he played so well for last season on loan, to score a sensational winning goal in the closing stages. The 22-year-old bent his shot into the top corner from outside the box, which was a remarkable way to score his first ever senior Chelsea goal.

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Cundy praised Gallagher

Cundy hailed Chelsea’s academy graduate for his key contribution off the bench against Palace.

“I’m delighted for Conor. Brilliant finish for the young man. I hope that is lift off for his career,” Cundy said.

Gallagher admitted in his post-match interview that he hopes to start more games for the Blues. If he keeps showing energy and quality from the bench, he’ll make it impossible for Chelsea boss Graham Potter to leave him out of the XI.

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It’s quite clear that Gallagher will play further forward in a Potter side compared to under former boss Thomas Tuchel, which should get the best out of him.

He’s a box-to-box midfielder that proved last year at Palace he offers a genuine goalscoring threat.

It’s been a bit of a tough introduction to the Chelsea first team this campaign for Gallagher, who has had quite the rise to fame in the past year. This weekend should give him the confidence he belongs in this squad, though.

Let’s hope there’s plenty more to come from the goalscoring midfielder moving forward.

England boss Gareth Southgate definitely needs to take note to see how Gallagher performs in the next month ahead of the World Cup.

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