Swansea City’s on-loan midfielder Conor Gallagher is attracting interest from Premier League side Burnley ahead of next season following his strong start to life in south Wales, according to The Sun.
Gallagher has played every minute of league action for Steve Cooper’s side since completing his loan move from Chelsea in January, with the 20-year-old having also enjoyed an impressive first half of the season on loan at Charlton Athletic.
Chelsea took the decision to recall the England Under-21 international from his Charlton stint during the January window, and Gallagher has since played a key role in Swansea’s play-off push with the Welsh side now sitting three points from the top six.
It has now emerged that Burnley have set their sights on taking Gallagher on a season-long loan deal next campaign, while Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem are also thought to be keen on a temporary move for the midfielder given their links with Chelsea.
Here, we take a closer look at Gallagher’s stats for Swansea and whether they suggest he is ready for a top-flight move…
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Cooper wasted no time in putting the Chelsea talent straight into his starting line-up at the Liberty Stadium, and this means Gallagher has now played 900 minutes of league action after playing every minute of his 10 matches for the Swans so far.
Gallagher has looked more comfortable within the Swansea side as these matches have passed, while the midfielder has now registered five assists since the start of his loan move which means he has the joint-most assists for the Swans this term.
The Chelsea youngster has connected well with his new teammates at the Liberty Stadium, particularly in more recent matches, and this has seen him register a solid 75.1% passing accuracy throughout his 10 appearances in white.
The one downside is that Gallagher has not yet managed to find the net for the Swans despite scoring six times during his Charlton loan spell, but he has still attempted to test the goalkeeper for his new side after averaging 1.8 shots per game.
This same number also represents the average amount of key passes recorded by Gallagher per game for the Swans, with the ex-Addick having managed to unlock the defences of opposition sides an average of 1.8 times per match.
The 20-year-old has also not only had an influence on Swansea’s attacking efforts, but he has also shown his willingness to chip in on the defensive front with Gallagher having made an average of 1.4 tackles per game for the Welsh side.
Gallagher has definitely shown continuous signs of improvement in a Swansea shirt, and his consistent performances over the course of the Championship season mean regular Premier League football could well be the next step for the Chelsea prospect.