TCC View: Potter needs to work magic on Chelsea player to get him to WC

Graham Potter will need to work some magic to help Chelsea player go to the World Cup - TCC View

If Conor Gallagher is to go to the World Cup this winter with England, Chelsea boss Graham Potter will need to work some magic in the next couple of months.

Gallagher, 22, was dealt a big individual blow this week when it comes to his international aspirations.

The Blues midfielder has been dropped from Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad for two Nations League fixtures this month, albeit he’s returned to the Under-21s to represent the Young Lions.

In fairness, Gallagher’s rocky start to the season at Stamford Bridge means it’s not a total shock he was omitted from Southgate’s 28-man England squad.

It’s surely worrying for his World Cup hopes that he’s not part of the final England squad before the major competition in November.

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Gallagher should dream of World Cup

Despite this month’s absence, Gallagher should still not give up all hope of a late dart into England’s World Cup squad.

There’s definitely a lack of depth when it comes to quality central midfielders in Southgate’s group, so it’s crying out for another Englishman to find some top form.

The Chelsea youngster has earned four senior caps for his country to date. Therefore, he’s definitely good enough if he can get his act together.

His exquisite loan spell at Crystal Palace last season earned Gallagher a promotion into Chelsea’s first team, as well as a route into the senior England set up.

Unfortunately, the box-to-box midfielder is yet to replicate this campaign what he showed in the Premier League last year.

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Potter-type player

It’s going to take a big turnaround at his point to change Gallagher’s fortunes in just a couple of months, but perhaps Chelsea’s new head coach is exactly the right man to guide him.

Brighton played with such high intensity and quality with Potter in charge, which is what’s helped him land the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge.

In theory, Gallagher looks like someone perfectly suited to the Potter mould.

The midfielder came off the bench in midweek during Potter’s first game in charge and is getting a fresh start at a perfect time.

His opening weeks of the season saw him pick up a red card, plus struggle to really suit Thomas Tuchel’s system.

Let’s hope for Gallagher, Chelsea and England that Potter can help him get back to his best in a very busy October schedule, which is last chance saloon to make the World Cup.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.