This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Charlton Athletic got back to winning ways with their first win in three starts, in the 3-0 victory over Derby County, that lifted Lee Bowyer’s side up to seventh in the table, just four points off league leaders West Brom.
The win also marked on-loan midfielder Conor Gallagher’s fifth goal of the season in 12 league appearances, cementing his position as a key part of Bowyer’s squad and a real talent for the future for his parent club Chelsea.
From what we have seen so far, do you feel Gallagher is good enough to make the grade at Chelsea?
“Not quite yet, but he certainly can. His goal on Saturday was his fifth of the season and his best yet, and tops what’s been a flying start to the season with Charlton.
“Frank Lampard will definitely be aware of how well Gallagher is playing, and it would not be a surprise to see him in and around the Chelsea set-up next season.
“Mason Mount has made the step-up to the Chelsea first after a strong Championship season last year, and I’d say Gallagher is better at this level than Mount was.
“But the season is still early and an injury, a bad spell of games or anything could throw Gallagher’s season off-track, and out of contention for Chelsea next season.”
“I think the Chelsea first-team would come too soon for him now.
“Mason Mount clearly benefited from a full season in the Championship and I think Gallagher will need the same experience.
“Don’t get me wrong, he is clearly heading along the right path to becoming a regular first-team player at Stamford Bridge, but I think recalling him now would only hinder him.
“Leave him with Charlton for the rest of the campaign, keep him grounded, and see how he does for the remainder of what is a long season.”
Conor Gallagher is on fire for Charlton, but is he good enough for Chelsea?
“I think so, yes. It is early days yet but if he keeps up the form he has shown at the start of the season then he will surely deserve his chance.
“Gallagher has added five goals and an assist for the Addicks already and seems to look more impressive every week.
“The success that Mason Mount, who cut his teeth in the Championship with Derby County last season, has had in the Chelsea first-team this year would suggest that Gallagher could make the step up.
“The duo are different players, with Mount more of a playmaker and Gallagher a gritty box-to-box midfielder but the Charlton man is on course to have a similarly effective season for his side and would deserve a chance if he does.”