‘I’ve never seen’: Ian Wright says 22-year-old Chelsea talent does something unlike any player he’s ever watched

Ian Wright reminded Crystal Palace how damaging Conor Gallagher’s absence would be if he returned to Chelsea in the summer.

Speaking on his podcast, the former Arsenal striker suggested that the Selhurst Park hierarchy might struggle to replicate Gallagher’s endless reserves of energy, unless they can sign him permanently.

What should Gallagher do?

The young midfielder has entered into a pivotal stage of the season, where he must start to decide whether the journey with Palace should continue or conclude.

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Understandably, the visions of walking out to the roar of Stamford Bridge every other week might be too hard to ignore.

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Yet, he has built up such a fantastic profile as a Premier League player under Patrick Vieira, putting a full stop after one campaign seems slightly premature.

Gallagher is arguably the epitome of what Vieira is building in a corner of London; a young, exciting, fearless team with still so much more room for growth.

Taking the crowning jewel out of the treasure chest would definitely damage Palace’s shine.  

“One of the key things, and it’s very obvious, they need to do something about either signing Conor Gallagher or finding somebody who does what he does because I’ve never seen anyone work that hard, closing down, running back, linking up with the defence, the midfield, going forward with the forwards,” admitted Wright.

“He gives them so much, that if you take him out, I think they lose a lot.”

Chelsea’s gates are open for Gallagher

Of course, Vieira’s loss could be Thomas Tuchel’s gain.

But only if the Chelsea manager decides not to send Gallagher out on loan again.

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After seeing his performances across the capital, it would be difficult for Tuchel not to include the England international in his senior squad.

Especially as Saul Niguez will probably head back to Atletico Madrid and Ross Barkley is surely destinated to depart the Blues for good.

A space in the first team awaits at least one member of the vast loan army.

It’s probably a toss-up between Gallagher and Armando Broja, with our money on the midfielder.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.