What Conor Gallagher has done to impress Thomas Tuchel amid calls for Chelsea first-team place

Conor Gallagher has been a revelation since making the decision to join Crystal Palace on loan this season rather than remain with parent club Chelsea.

The midfielder has been a star in a Patrick Vieira side that has proved many onlookers wrong this season as they bravely take on their opposition with an attractive style of play.

Most recently this was demonstrated in an impressively comfortable 2-0 win against defending champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Gallagher was at the centre of the win, providing the assist for Wilfried Zaha’s opener before lashing home the second goal to kill the game late on.

Many Chelsea fans have not been shy in calling for the midfielder to be given a place in Tuchel’s squad next season and the German says Gallagher’s displays have made him hard to ignore.

“He is standing out every single matchday so it’s an easy one to follow and credit to him,” Tuchel told his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“We had long talks in pre-season and we thought he could stay and fight for his place.

But when the talks came up with Crystal Palace, once he understood the role he could have in the Premier League at the club, he wanted to take the challenge.

“We also agreed to let him go because we thought this could be the right thing to do.

You need a bit of luck and quality, but Conor’s quality is so big.

You could wake up him at 4am and he’ll start running and sprinting and winning duels.”

Palace manager Patrick Vieira also spoke highly of the 21-year-old ahead of their upcoming match with Wolves.

There had been hopes that Gallagher would earn a call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad. Although that did not come to fruition this time around, the Arsenal legend insists he is on the right track.

“I think it’s just for him to keep doing what he’s been doing since he came with us,” Vieira said.

“I think he’s bringing that energy that is really important to us regarding the way we want to play. He’s getting in the box at the right time, he can finish, he can score goals.

“So I want him to keep doing what he’s been doing. When you want to be an international player it is about repeating your performance week after week.”

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