Ex International says Chelsea youngster shouldn’t be rushed into the team

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has gotten a reputation for giving youngsters a chance, and the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Billy Gilmour have found passage into the first team.

20-year-old midfielder Conor Gallagher is another Blues youngster who is doing well on loan and being tipped to break into the Chelsea first team.

However, ex-Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews believes Conor Gallagher will benefit from another loan spell.

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Keith Andrews told Sky Sports: “When you look at it, 12 months ago at Chelsea this wouldn’t have even been a discussion, it would have been either he goes back on loan again or they sell him for a decent profit.

“I think now is a different scenario with Frank Lampard in charge. But those issues, the fact that there is a bit of competition in there.

“The other thing I would say is that he is still very, very young. I don’t see him going back there next season.

“I see him going back on loan because of his age. We talked about [Brighton defender on loan at Leeds] Ben White earlier, 22 years of age, the development he has had, the steps that he has had to take to get to this level, Conor Gallagher is still 20.

“So I don’t see any rush whatsoever in trying to get him into the Chelsea team. I think they’ll nurture him, they’ll use the loan market again, give him a longer contract and secure him long-term.

“Because if you look at it again in a year’s time, some of those central midfielders might have moved on and an opportunity may have opened up. That’s assuming Frank Lampard is still there, of course.”

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