West Bromwich Albion are among a number of clubs interested in singing Chelsea ace Conor Gallagher on loan for the second half of the season.
The 19-year-old is currently on loan at Charlton Athletic and has been one of the standout performers for the Addicks in the Championship this season, scoring scoring six goals in 26 league appearances.
Here are TWO pros and TWO cons to West Brom signing Gallagher on loan for the second half of the season…
Pro: He’s a very talented player
Conor Gallagher is an exciting and talented player, with a lot of potential. He’s the highest-scoring teenager in English football this season with six goals, so he’d definitely be a good signing for West Brom in that sense.
He’s got so much potential and a top coach like Slaven Bilic should be able to get the best out of him – just look at how’s been able to get the best out of Nathan Ferguson at Albion this season.
West Brom have already got some very talented players in their squad, but signing Gallagher would give their promotion chances an extra boost.
Con: He might not be guaranteed game time
Gallagher is a very talented player and he was excellent for Charlton in the first half of the season. He started 25 games in the Championship and was able to establish himself as one of the first names on Lee Bowyer’s teamsheet.
With that said, though, it can also be argued that there’s no guarantee that he’d start matches every week if he were to move to West Brom – which would harm his development.
The Baggies are top of the Championship table at the moment and they’ve got some quality midfield players in their squad, so there’s no guarantee that Gallagher would start matches ahead of the likes of Romaine Sawyers and Filip Krovinovic.
Pro: It would stop other Championship clubs from signing him
West Brom are not the only Championship club thought to be interested in Gallagher. According to football.london, Millwall, Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers are all keen on signing the midfielder.
Therefore, if West Brom were to sign him, not only would it give their promotion chances a boost, but it would also ensure that their promotion rivals miss out on the chance to sign an exciting young player.
Con: He would limit game time for others
As mentioned above, there’s no guarantee that Gallagher would start matches for West Brom every week if he were to move to The Hawthorns. On the flip side, though, if he does play, he’d be limiting opportunities for the likes of Rekeem Harper.
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Harper is a very talented player and has been in great form for West Brom’s Under-23s recently. He was a key player for the first team last season, but has really struggled for opportunities so far this term.
You could argue that West Brom signing Gallagher would see Edwards pushed further down the pecking order and that considering it would only be a loan signing, this wouldn’t make a lot of sense.
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