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Conor Garragher will spend next season on loan - Sky Pundit

Former Blackburn star and Sky Sports guest pundit Keith Andrews says Chelsea are likely to send Conor Gallagher out on loan once again next ...



Former Blackburn star and Sky Sports guest pundit Keith Andrews says Chelsea are likely to send Conor Gallagher out on loan once again next season.

Gallagher enjoyed a very successful 6-month loan spell at Charlton Athletic before joining Swansea in January but Andrews feels there is no need to rush him into Chelsea's first-team squad.

“When you look at it, 12 months ago at Chelsea this wouldn’t have even been a discussion, it would have been either he goes back on loan again or they sell him for a decent profit,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think now is a different scenario with Frank Lampard in charge. But those issues, the fact that there is a bit of competition in there.

“The other thing I would say is that he is still very, very young. I don’t see him going back there next season.

“I see him going back on loan because of his age. We talked about [Brighton defender on loan at Leeds] Ben White earlier, 22 years of age, the development he has had, the steps that he has had to take to get to this level, Conor Gallagher is still 20.

“So I don’t see any rush whatsoever in trying to get him into the Chelsea team. I think they’ll nurture him, they’ll use the loan market again, give him a longer contract and secure him long-term.

“Because if you look at it again in a year’s time, some of those central midfielders might have moved on and an opportunity may have opened up. That’s assuming Frank Lampard is still there, of course.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is likely to look at the 20-year-old midfielder once again in pre-season before deciding between keeping him in the squad or sending him out on loan to possibly a Premier League club.


Written by Vince @blue_footy
Photo credit: Sports Illustrated

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