‘Couldn’t be happier’ – Conor Gallagher thriving in Chelsea loan scheme » Chelsea News

Chelsea’s policy of sending players out on a series of loans is often mocked and often criticized, but when it works it’s a hugely effective way of translating young talent into first-team appearances.

There is perhaps no better example than Conor Gallagher. He wasn’t even a particularly heralded academy player until his senior year, but since then his career has taken off.

He first went to Charlton, then moved mid-season to Swansea.

After finishing the Championship, last year he was with West Brom fighting relegation to the Premier League, and is now at established mid-table Crystal Palace.

Each has been a progressive step, and each time Gallagher has looked more than capable.

Speaking in quotes picked up by the Underground, Gallagher said:

“I couldn’t be much happier with how the loans went. I still have a lot of progress to make.

“It was a progression [from team to team] every time.”

When it comes to where he can improve and players he looks up to, he of course named Kevin de Bruyne. But he also said he was watching Chelsea midfielders.

“How they play with the ball, I want to get to that level.”

Maybe next season will be his chance to finally move up to the first team, where he can learn from them firsthand.