An impressive and valiant effort from Chelsea in Europe remains hailed by the Blues, neutrals, journalists and pundits after the 5-4 aggregate loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday. While Pride of London doesn’t want to dwell on the game’s big disappointment – and some questionable examples – using the many positives to build the unity and spirit of this quality team seems even more valuable and viable. If Thomas Tuchel designs another adept game plan that suits the team, they can quite easily find themselves in the FA Cup final via a solid win on Sunday afternoon.
Crystal Palace are the opponents of the legendary English cup semi final; a palace that felt more threatened during the short but impactful reign of Patrick Vieira. Clearly, Vieira’s record as a professional on the pitch was as illustrious for his main club and country as anyone can think of. The French will therefore be extremely eager to start achieving silverware at senior management level. One of the key players in the Eagles boss’s XI this season has been on loan from CFC Conor Gallagher. Gallagher was an integral part of the attempt to gradually introduce an increasingly modern style to Selhurst Park during the campaign. But where will the 22-year-old play his football in 2022/23?
PoL tries to explain what’s next for Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher as a supposed asking price is revealed
Gallagher’s presence will unfortunately not be felt at Wembley for the two London teams this weekend. His contract denies the ability to feature; although retirees might have allowed an appearance. But Chelsea refused to grant Palace a special waiver for using the eye-catching midfielder against their parent club. Apparently, he personally didn’t ask the Blues for permission and wasn’t involved in the discussion, Goal claim. While Frank Lampard was Derby County manager, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori were given the deal to be deployed against CFC in a Carabao Cup fourth round clash.
The argument that ‘Chels’ should have let their asset be picked by Vieira for Tuchel, staff or recruitment to assess against them is redundant. Regardless of whether the CFC is almost the greatest opposition to gauge it. Indeed, Gallagher will have been widely watched by Chelsea scouts, coaches and, of course, the gaffer himself. There is absolutely no need to risk anything or value more. In reality, the fact that he was denied the chance to be in the semi-finals against the Pensioners can be considered that he could well be wanted at Stamford Bridge next season.
To that end, the same publication reports that Gallagher is much admired by Tuchel, and the latter wanted to keep the former for 2021/22. The three-cap England international is they say be considered for a top role on Fulham Road next season. However, he is the target of others:
Clubs, including Palace, have asked to sign him [Gallagher] on a permanent contract.
However, the Blues were citing at least £50m ($65m) needed to start a transfer conversation, ruling out many potential move suitors.
His current contract at Stamford Bridge runs until June 2025.
Will Gallagher succeed as a Chelsea starter if he returns for the upcoming season? That may be PoL’s answer at this point. The talent, skills and drive are evident. Although the competition for places is immense at the Bridge; I see Gallagher as a very attacking, if not superior, No. 8 that pits him directly against Mason Mount or even Kai Havertz. Head to our verified Twitter account to chat on the subject with us.