‘Up there’: Rio Ferdinand says Chelsea have one of the best youngsters in the Premier League

Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher is one of the very best young players in the Premier League right now. 

Aged 21, Gallagher has been tearing it up this season with London rivals Crystal Palace.

The English youngster is a brilliant product of the Chelsea academy, but was sent out on loan this year for the third consecutive season.

First of all, the energetic box-to-box midfielder spent the 2019/20 campaign impressing during spells in the Championship with Charlton Athletic and then Swansea City. He followed that up last season by grabbing the eye in a West Brom team that were eventually relegated from the top flight. However, he’s taken his game up another level so far this season.

Gallagher already has four Premier League goals for Palace, along with two assists. His overall impact at Selhurst Park both on and off the ball has been superb, too.

Pundit Ferdinand has hailed the quality of the Chelsea loanee:

“Shoutout Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher… If you’re looking at young players in the league at the moment, his name (Gallagher) will be up there,” Ferdinand said.

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Chelsea have another loan gem

Trevoh Chalobah has been the latest Chelsea academy graduate to break into the first team. The 22-year-old centre-back is proof that the Cobham production line continues to churn out serious talent. 

Gallagher, who’s been with Chelsea since a boy, is another rising star. 

It’s great to see him shining in the Premier League and he’s outperforming a lot of Chelsea individuals right now.

Ian Wright recently raised the question of why Gallagher has been overlooked by England’s senior squad, which highlights how well he’s done with Palace.

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Mason Mount 2.0

A lot of the traits Gallagher possesses you can see in Chelsea 22-year-old Mason Mount.

It could be a challenge trying to fit them into the same XI next season for Thomas Tuchel, but any opposition wouldn’t want to come up against both given how much energy, enthusiasm and skill they both have.

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