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Making a case for Conor Gallagher

Easy to judge a player purely on statistics even when you've never actually seen him play. I should know, outside a couple of BNS Com...


Easy to judge a player purely on statistics even when you've never actually seen him play. I should know, outside a couple of BNS Comps, I've not seen Gallagher but these graphics are damning. But allow me to explain why they're & why you're taking home a book with the wrong cover.


Take Mount for example: [Screenshots from smarterscout, Vitesse on top, Chelsea below]

Mason Mount at Vitesse

Mason Mount at Chelsea

Immediately you see there's a big difference; Vitesse: more involved in buildup & passing towards the goal, dribbling. Chelsea: more defending, receiving in the box & ball recovery.


Gallagher at England u21 though is nothing like those stats, more conducting play, controlling tempo, etc. And yet It seems as though he's encouraged to shoot more at Charlton because they probably don't get in the final 30 meters much so that explains his deep progressions.

What am saying is there are 2 reasons:

1: Team structure: Maybe Charlton aren't a possession-oriented team, don't spend a lot of time in the final/middle 3rd so there's less likely hood of Gallagher winning as many tackles & interceptions pressing higher up the pitch like Jorgi.

2: Application: Maybe at England because of his ability to recycle, control tempo & dictate play he's applied as a regista but because he's got offensive awareness to exploit space higher up, can shoot, dribble, etc, Charlton play him as a Segundo Volante aka box2box. Q.E.D.


By @3rdManRun

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