Conor Gallagher has been tipped to break into the Chelsea first team and the England squad after his impressive start to the season.
The 21-year-old midfielder is currently on loan at London neighbor Crystal Palace and has had a good start to his career at Selhurst Park.
This is Gallagher’s second season in the Premier League after capitalizing on his loan breakthrough at West Brom last season, but he appears to have stepped things up in the new campaign.
The England Under-21 international has scored two goals and an assist in three games this season, having scored both goals in Palace’s 2-2 draw against West Ham before playing a key role in the victory Eagles 3-0 over Tottenham on Saturday – Patrick Vieira’s first win as manager.
Gallagher has been hailed as one of the Premier League’s ‘to watch’ this season, having been one of the most successful players so far.
And talkSPORT host Adrian Durham said it was only a matter of time before the youngster’s talent was “recognized” by England manager Gareth Southgate and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.
“He’s been part of the English youth roster for a long time, winning the World Cup with the Under-17s four years ago,” he told Drivetime.
“It can’t be long, if he keeps playing like this, before Gareth Southgate agrees that he should be in the England squad. He does it week after week, whether he wins or he lose, it is undoubtedly efficient.
Praise indeed for the youngster who also hopes to find his way into manager Tuchel’s plans next season.
“I can see him coming into Chelsea’s first team,” Durham added.
“[Mateo] Kovacic is playing right now but there are times when he isn’t playing particularly well.
“Jorginho, no one was sure, then all of a sudden he’s ready for a Ballon d’Or. N’golo Kante, everyone seems to like it, but he’s never mentioned when Chelsea lose or play badly, it is only mentioned when they play well and win.
“I look at this midfielder, he’s box-to-box Gallagher, sometimes he comes across as a center-forward and other times he’s on the edge of his own box.
“He can put his foot in a tackle, he can finish, he’s dynamic, I think he got it pretty much everything.”
Durham’s words are echoed by former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who says Gallagher is a “different class”.
“Watching him for Palace seems to have taken it to another level, he was absolutely fantastic, I really enjoyed watching him play,” said the talkSPORT expert.
“Good on the ball, saw the passes before the others, the pass for [Odsonne] Edouard’s second goal, he knew he was there, he didn’t even have to watch so it’s a sign of a top player, definitely one to watch.
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