Chelsea have recalled midfielder Conor Gallagher from his loan spell in the Championship – and some Charlton Athletic fans on Twitter are devastated to see him leave them midway through the season.
Charlton confirmed (official website) on Tuesday that the 19-year-old has returned to Stamford Bridge after a successful loan with them, which was meant to be for the entire season.
The England Under-21 international has been a mainstay in the Charlton team and managed six goals in 26 appearances for them this campaign
Football.London have reported that Gallagher will now head out on a fresh loan for the second half of the season.
It seems a bizarre decision from Chelsea to disrupt the deep-lying playmaker during a loan where he was earning regular minutes and developing his game, but they have clearly spotted something.
Charlton are 19th-placed in the Championship table and perhaps Frank Lampard’s side feel he could continue improving at a higher level.
There is no doubt that the central midfielder has got the potential to follow in the shoes of previous Blues academy graduates and break into the first-team squad, especially with Lampard promoting youth right now.
A selection of Charlton supporters on social media are not pleased about Gallagher exiting, which is a good thing for Chelsea fans to see he has impressed.
Here are some Chelsea fans on Gallagher:
Can someone please explain to me why this has happened?
Chelsea, Charlton or Gallagher?
Would be nice if we had a proper explanation because this is really jeopardising our season😡
— ryan tait (@Turkishcypriot8) January 14, 2020
Better get your fingers out now boys
— Paul Williams (@cafcwillo) January 14, 2020
Yash, make it stop.😭
— VFF (@ValleyFloydFred) January 14, 2020
A great pity. Not impressed with Chelsea to be fair. Still, there’s little sentiment in football. Just liked to thank Conor for his commitment to Charlton and for the pleasure he has given. Good luck for the future, look forward to seeing you in an England shirt.
— Shiloh62 (@peterbarratt13) January 14, 2020
Give us some good news ffs
— Dean G 🏴 (@DeanGard86) January 14, 2020
— Natalie Smith (@Nataliecafc) January 14, 2020
League 1 here we come
— jamie (@jamie74964440) January 14, 2020
Doesn’t make NO SENSE at alllllllll, so weird.
We deserve compensation. He was a season long loan & developing perfectly with Charlton..
But a great player, amazing player & I personally wish Conor all the best & I know he believe Charlton was the right place❤️
— Azz2K🦧 (@Azz2K_) January 14, 2020