Charlton Athletic midfielder Conor Gallagher scored the third in his side’s 3-0 win over Derby County in the Championship at the weekend, as the 19-year-old continues his impressive form this season.
Perhaps the signing of the season so far is Charlton’s loan acquisition of Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher.
Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year last season, he was spotted by Charlton’s Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen, and hastily brought in to The Valley on a season-long loan.
And it’s paid dividends. Gallagher has five goals already this season, his fifth coming at the weekend and arguably his best of the season so far.
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Macauley Bonne gave Lee Bowyer’s side an early lead, with Naby Sarr doubling their lead just after the restart.
The third from Gallagher came midway through the second half, when he picked up the ball 25-yards from goal, took one touch and one glance at the keeper before picking out the top-left corner.
It was Charlton’s fourth home win of the season, and Bowyer’s side go to 7th-place in the Championship with it – level on points (21) with Preston North End in 6th.
Gallagher’s stats from the Derby game are below:
Although he didn’t have as many shots as he might’ve wanted in the game, it won’t have mattered to him after scoring that goal.
He put in another solid team performance, working hard off the ball and showing an unselfish nature with his work on the ball too.
The international break this month saw Gallagher make his debut for England Under-21s.
Gallagher was called-up to Aidy Boothroyd’s side after an injury in his side meant he had to select one from the Under-19s.
He came on as a substitute in both the 2-2 draw with Slovenia U21 and their impressive 5-1 win against Austria.
In this, his first season in men’s football, Gallagher is showing the football world just how good he is, and could be in the future.
He’s one of a host of young English, and young Chelsea players for that matter, who’ve made their breakthrough in the Championship in recent seasons.
Mason Mount did it last season, and he’s now part of the Chelsea and England teams. Harry Wilson was another name that’s made the step-up to the Premier League this season.
Gallagher is doing everything right at the moment, and Bowyer will be delighted that he has him for the rest of the season.
The task now for Gallagher is remaining grounded, and continuing his good work to help his team make an unprecedented push for the play-offs.