Chelsea youngster Gallagher backed to break into first team

Chelsea youngster Gallagher backed to break into first team

Former Charlton head coach Alan Curbishley has backed Chelsea academy ace Conor Gallagher to break into the first-team squad. 

Gallagher joined Charlton on loan at the start of the season and has been impressive, netting six times before heading to Swansea in January. The 20-year-old is yet to feature for Frank Lampard's side but Curbishley believes the youngster could be destined for great things at Chelsea. 

"You saw Billy Gilmour [recently] and there are some good players coming through at Chelsea. He needs to be playing, Gallagher has shown this season that playing regular football has helped him enormously," he said as quoted by the Mirror. 

"Conor can play for Chelsea for sure in the future. He has got box-to-box energy, can find a pass and score a goal. He is a team player and a good lad as well, as I understand it, which helps," he added. 

On Chelsea recalling Conor

"I was a bit surprised by that and I think they were as well. I saw him a couple of times. I didn’t quite see why he made the move to be honest. If Swansea were in the top three or top two then fine but he was playing really well, living at home and that’s a big thing. These things happen and I think he is a good player."