TalkSPORT pundit thinks Tuchel will start Chelsea youngster next season

'He is too good': TalkSPORT pundit thinks Chelsea youngster is going to start for Tuchel's side next season

Darren Bent predicts that Conor Gallagher will be starting for Chelsea next season.

Gallagher, 22, is a Chelsea youngster that’s seeing his reputation grow every week during his season-long loan at Crystal Palace.

The box-to-box midfielder has come through the academy system at Cobham, albeit he’s yet to make his first-team debut for the Blues.

He’s already had a string of successful loan spells away from Stamford Bridge, but his time at Palace has helped catapult him to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad.

Incidentally, Jose Enrique said yesterday that Liverpool should try sign Gallagher after another impressive Palace display in the Premier League.

TalkSPORT pundit Bent thinks Gallagher is destined to break into Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side next season, though.

“I would expect him to go back to Chelsea and play. He is too good to be going somewhere and sitting on the bench,” Bent told talkSPORT.

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Midfield headache at Chelsea

Gallagher could only add to the midfield dilemma next season if Tuchel opts to promote him to his squad.

The central midfielder will return from his loan in the summer ahead of pre-season, so hopefully he can really impress Tuchel.

It’s worth noting the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are fighting for starting positions at Stamford Bridge.

Gallagher’s his own unique talent with a serious goalscoring threat and relentless energy to press high up the pitch.

He’s surely got too much quality to let go next season, so all eyes will be on Tuchel to see how he can build a new-look side.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.