KEY POINTS

  • Conor Gallagher is conditioning his mind of playing on loan next season
  • Crystal Palace is keeping tabs on Gallagher’s situation
  • Gallagher's loan spell could attract more suitors

Conor Gallagher knows that it will be tough to crack the regular team of Chelsea, given that head coach Thomas Tuchel has plenty of options.

Rather than sulk, the 21-year-old is thinking ahead and appears to be preparing himself for another potential loan spell.

The English midfielder seems to be used to it by now. The last three seasons saw him playing for different teams on loan. That included a stint with Charlton Athletic (2019-20), Swansea City (2020) and West Bromwich Albion (2020-21).

Gallagher is set to return to Cobham for pre-season training but is now weighing out his options.

Given that he made a good account of himself with the Baggies in the English Premier League, he is hoping that the effort would be enough to capture Tuchel’s eye.

But seeing that other players on the same vote are thinking the same, Gallagher is thinking ahead.

Others who hope to get Tuchel’s nod include Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Marc Guehi.

The only problem is that the German coach can do only so much to give these aspirants a chance to suit up for the Blues.

Some will be kept, but others will be loaned out. There will be players who could be dealt out permanently.

Gallagher has gained his share of suitors, one of which is reportedly Crystal Palace.

For now, there is no telling if the Eagles will try to pitch a deal to Chelsea. Hence, the best that Gallagher can do is expect a loan deal at the least.

Conor Gallagher of WBA Conor Gallagher of WBA Photo: Getty Images | Stu Forster

However, he prefers to crack the regular rotation of Chelsea. Gallagher is still at a young age, and loan spells are known to be the best way to raise his development.

If not this coming season, Gallagher may have to work on his game with another team, where he is expected to get more exposure.

The fact that he was named the University of Wolverhampton Young Player of the Year is already an indication that he could be a future star.