Tony Cascarino thinks that Chelsea prospect Conor Gallagher can be a success at Stamford Bridge if given the chance.
Gallagher, 21, is currently doing a brilliant job developing his game out on loan.
The box-to-box midfielder is starting to make a real name for himself as a star player for Premier League and London rivals Crystal Palace.
Rio Ferdinand has already called him this month one of the best youngsters playing in England. Meanwhile, Alan Shearer has hailed him as an “outstanding” talent.
He’s contributing with goals from midfield for Palace (four goals, two assists), as well as giving so much energy out of possession.
Gallagher was seen around Chelsea’s main group during pre-season before another loan exit, but it’ll be interesting to see what the club plan for him next year.
Cascarino is adamant the Blues academy product could score ten goals in Thomas Tuchel’s side if he plays next season.
“It is going to be really interesting to see whether Conor Gallagher can break into the Chelsea team next season. At 21, he has been superb on loan at Crystal Palace and he carries a bigger goal threat than any of the central midfield players at Chelsea at the moment,” Cascarino wrote for The Times.
“I think he can score ten goals a season for them, and he has so much energy in the way he gets around the pitch.
The question will be whether he is good enough technically to play in Thomas Tuchel’s system — I think he is.”
Gallagher’s Chelsea dream in touch distance
It must be an aspiration for Gallagher to play in Chelsea’s first team after working his way up the age groups in west London.
He’s ticking so many boxes right now as a midfielder, something which is particularly pleasing given his performances are coming in the Premier League.
Gallagher’s attributes seem a perfect fit on paper for Tuchel.
For example, he looks like he could run all day. The German manager is extremely demanding when it comes to work both in and out of possession.
Goals from midfield
Chelsea are crying out for some extra goals from their central midfielders, so there may be a window of opportunity for Gallagher.
They’ve got brilliant technicians and players to recover possession.
However, there isn’t anyone making late darts into the box like a certain Frank Lampard used to do.