'Phenomenally well': Rio Ferdinand thinks Chelsea prospect is about to follow in Mason Mount's footsteps
Rio Ferdinand backed Conor Gallagher to experience a similar sort of journey at Chelsea to Mason Mount.
Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand suggested Gallagher could emulate the career of his fellow Cobham academy graduate if he returned to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Gallagher can see the golden gates of the Bridge
Gallagher will surely already be thinking about the possibilities of playing under Thomas Tuchel, even though his contract with Crystal Palace still has some legs left.
After such an impressive season at Selhurst Park, the 22-year-old deserves to dream about pulling on the blue jersey he grew up supporting.
He has scored seven times for Palace in the Premier League whilst on loan from Chelsea, with another five assists across all competitions to his name.
Sky Sports included him in their stats-based term of the term, alongside Thiago Silva.
Numerous reports have reached the surface about Tuchel potentially recalling the young midfielder for the next campaign.
Although the manager’s decision hasn’t yet been decided, Ferdinand felt good about Gallagher’s chances of breaking into Chelsea’s first-team.
“He’s done phenomenally well at Palace this year. Goals, assists, he’s impacted games, energy. In that position where he’s joining from midfield and really being a threat on goal,” said the former Manchester United defender.
“If I was Conor Gallagher, I’d be quite positive and bullish about next season going back into Chelsea and the squad.
“I think the manager spoke positively about him.”
“I’ve said many times how much we like Conor and how well he is doing, nothing has changed,” declared Tuchel earlier in December.
Mount maps out the way forward
Of course, a number of factors might affect Gallagher becoming a permanent Chelsea player.
The club’s transfer business will play a big part.
If they sign Aurelien Tchouameni or extend Saul Niguez’s stay in South West London, the Palace star may be shoved to the sides.
Also, another loan move for the England international could be mooted by the chain of command.
Yet, Ferdinand insisted the time would be right for Gallagher to stop his life on the road, much like Mount did when Frank Lampard took charge of the Blues in 2019.
“It looks like he’s (Gallagher) earned the right to go back to Chelsea when he’s a more mature player to now see where he’s at,” he continued.
“When Mount went back, it was the same thing. They didn’t have to play him.
“Mason Mount went back to Chelsea not knowing where he was in the pecking order, not knowing if he’ll get the chance.
“Conor Gallagher will do that and then Conor Gallagher will quickly find if he’s going to get a chance or not. Then I think the decision then should be to go.”
Mount become a regular fixture at Chelsea after two spells out on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and Derby County.
Now he is a Ballon d’Or nominee and England regular.
That might be in store for you Conor, if you play your cards right.