Former Charlton Athletic and West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley has question Conor Gallagher’s decision to join Swansea City.
The attacking midfielder impressed during the first half of the season at The Valley, scoring six goals from 26 appearances while on loan from Chelsea.
His move was cut short during the January window though and the 20-year-old moved to the Liberty Stadium to join up with Steve Cooper.
However, Curbishley feels it was the wrong decision to move away from Charlton.
“I was a bit surprised by that and I think they were as well,” he told Goal.
“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.”
The 62-year-old added that Gallagher could feature for his parent club Chelsea next season and drew a comparison to Billy Gilmour who has just broken into the side.
“You saw Gilmour and there are some good players coming through at Chelsea,” Curbishley said.
“He needs to be playing, Gallagher has shown that this season that playing regular football has helped him enormously.
“He can play for Chelsea for sure in the future. He has got box-to-box energy, can find a pass and score a goal.”
While Swansea are not at the top of the table, they are in a far more stable position than Charlton.
Gallagher has also made an immediate impact with five assists in his first 10 games.
The Swans are also better suited to his style of play than the Addicks, with Cooper employing a passing style at the Liberty.