Chelsea’s loan army has swelled in numbers again this season, largely due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has meant that several ‘big’ names on the team have also been sent for temporary movements, including Ross Barkley, Michy Batshuayi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
But there are several others who are on loan on standard development paths, such as 20-year-old midfielder Conor Gallagher, who is looking to move from the Championship (on loan to Charlton Athletic and Swansea City) to the prime minister. League (at West Brom).
I am happy to report that so far the still beautifully-haired local kid born in Surrey has taken the plunge with the confidence of a seasoned veteran.
Gallagher has played every minute of West Brom’s last four Premier League games, and although they have only collected two points from those games (to give them just three points over the season in total), Gallagher has nevertheless been awesome.
Midfielder and club captain Jake Livermore has certainly noticed the man of a decade his junior.
“Conor has been fantastic for me.
“His energy level and quality in training every day is a good deal for us and I let him guess as a top player. He wants to learn and has great ability to move forward, but on the other hand, he’s more than responsible for the follow-up and he just has bags of energy. The athleticism he has is what the game is becoming and he has it in abundance.
“He’s been very impressive and I think he can be a really important player for us this season.
-Jake Livermore; source: WBA
Gallagher was one of the best players on the pitch last weekend, as West Brom narrowly fell to Spurs, 1-0, thanks to a goalie error in the dying minutes.
Albion may be in the relegation zone for now, but with plenty of other teams battling for points at the moment – five teams under ten after eight played – there is still plenty of time to change the points. things. At the rate it is unfolding right now, Gallagher will be the key to any such effort.
And after that, maybe Chelsea’s first team will wait until next season!