Swansea City are in the race to sign Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher on-loan for the rest of the season.
The 19-year-old returned to Chelsea this week, after Blues boss Frank Lampard chose to cut short his season-long loan at Championship strugglers Charlton Athletic.
Gallagher started the season on fire for the Addicks, scoring some fine goals and earning high praise from fans and pundits. But as Charlton’s form took a hit, Gallagher’s has too and it’s prompted Lampard to bring him back to Stamford Bridge, and seek a new loan deal for him until the end of the season.
Burnley are said to be interested, and so too are Swansea – Steve Cooper has already brought in Rhian Brewster from Liverpool and Marc Guehi from Chelsea this month, both on-loan until the end of the season.
The move would make sense for Chelsea and Swansea, and here are three qualities that Swans fans can expect from the midfielder should he sign:
Gallagher, much like his boss at Chelsea, has some special goals in his locker – he scored six goals in 26 Championship appearances for Charlton, most of them from range.
If he joins Swansea this month, fans can expect to see a midfield player who’s not afraid to pull the trigger – especially evident in Swansea’s 0-0 draw with Cardiff last week, they’re lacking that type of midfielder, and Gallagher could have a lot to offer Cooper’s side.
Another essence of Lampard’s game that seems to have rubbed off onto Gallagher is his ability to time his runs into the box effectively, and score goals from it.
It’s a key aspect of any attacking-midfield player to be able to arrive onto crosses from deep, at just the right time to find the back of the net. Gallagher showed at Charlton that he has that trait among many others of an attacking-midfielder, and that again would benefit Swansea’s starting line-up hugely.
They have some good, creative midfielders in their side, but none have the effect that Gallagher does with his powerful, and well-timed runs from midfield.
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If not a goal-scoring midfielder, Gallagher is a hard working one. He showed under Lee Bowyer that he has the desire and commitment to be able to withstand the physical demands of the Championship – this season is his first in first-team football, and he’s showed that he can cope with the physical side.
As a midfielder as well, having the ability to work relentlessly for 90-minutes looks as good as anything on his C.V, and that again is something that Swansea could do with in the middle of the park – they’re crying out for a physical presence in there, and Gallagher in more than on way, fits the bill for the Swans.