Mauricio Pochettino has now allegedly sent some feedback to Conor Gallagher amid doubts over his future at Chelsea.
A story from The Athletic claimed that Todd Boehly is ready to sell the England international in order to balance Chelsea’s finances, with Football London claiming that he is valued at £44m by the Blues.
Now – as seen in the Evening Standard – Mauricio Pochettino‘s verdict on Conor Gallagher has been made clear.
What’s the story?
Well, it is said that the Argentine wants to keep the 23-year-old at Stamford Bridge despite Boehly’s alleged desire to sell him.
Gallagher has struggled at Chelsea this season following his breakthrough campaign on loan at Crystal Palace last term, where he won the Player of the Season award and also earned his debut for England.
The Chelsea No.23 has scored just three goals and provided one assist in 33 Premier League appearances, which is a substantial drop off from his tally of eight goals and five assists for Crystal Palace.
Nevertheless, Pochettino clearly sees something worth persisting with in Gallagher, who only has two years remaining on his contract in west London.
Pochettino right to want Gallagher at Chelsea
In our view, Gallagher can become an important player under Pochettino, and the South American is right to make him part of his plans.
With the correct coaching and plenty of belief in him, like he got at Crystal Palace, the Epsom-born midfielder has proven himself capable of being a hugely effective player in the Premier League.
Pochettino, a coach known to instil an intense playing style which requires plenty of energy, should therefore be looking to make Gallagher a key component of his setup at Stamford Bridge, which is what he seemingly plans to do by the sounds of it.
However, it will be interesting to see if the 51-year-old is overruled by Boehly, who must raise funds through sales before June 30th in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, according to The Athletic.