Connor Gallagher was named Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year last season. Conor also impressed many Chelsea fans with his hard work and guile in the club’s pre-season friendly vs Bohemians.
Many Chelsea fans commented on Connor’s effective pressing and general hard work in the ‘number 10 role’. Conor’s movement off the ball and first touch were also evident in the 45 minutes he played against Bohemians.
Conor is well thought of at Chelsea, and with the transfer ban, he could be considered unlucky not to be in the fist team squad this season. But looking at the Chelsea squad, the midfield area is where Chelsea are strongest with players such as Ross Barkley, Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount. A loan move at this stage of Conor’s career is definitely the right move.
The move to Charlton for the season has definitely excited a young Conor who said in a recent interview “I’m buzzing! I’m very happy to be here and can’t wait to get started. I want to play in the Championship and Charlton is a great club to come to”.
Conor made his debut in the final 15 minutes of Charlton’s opening day 2-1 win over Blackburn. The main points to take away from Conor’s debut were his great positional sense and assured control on the ball. Despite this being Conor’s first competitive senior match he did not look out of place and he quickly showed his quality array of passing and high work rate.
Lee Bowyer summed up perfectly, Conor’s impact. “I thought he did really well. He’s only a young kid, we put him on in the last 15 minutes and he never gave the ball away. He nearly scored, they got a little deflection on it which took it wide. He’s an exciting prospect for us”. This is a big year for Conor, I’m sure he would have looked at how beneficial a Championship loan has been to Mason Mount’s career.
Conor is clearly well thought of at Chelsea both by the club and supporters. If Conor impresses this season at Charlton he could potentially save Chelsea some money next summer. Carlo Cudicini and Claude Makelele will no doubt be keeping a close eye on Conor’s progress and be hoping he shows all the qualities needed to break into the Chelsea squad in the future.