“He could end up like Jesse Lingard” – Conor Gallagher warned against returning to Chelsea

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Former England manager Sam Allardyce has warned Conor Gallagher he could ‘go backwards’ like Jesse Lingard at Manchester United when he returns to Chelsea.

Gallagher has impressed on loan at Crystal Palace and scored a brace as Crystal Palace beat Everton 3-1 on Sunday.

Allardyce told talkSPORT: “Well I wouldn’t spend too long there if I don’t get into the first team.

“I’d want to come back and give it a go and I think on his form at the moment and you have to bear in mind now he made his England debut, he’s an England international.

“He would want to go back and try and get in the team but I think if you do that, you’ve got to play enough first team games because if you don’t you can easily fall backwards like Jesse Lingard.

“Staying at Man United I think has been a bad choice for him because he’s not been selected.

“While at West Ham he was one of the best goalscoring midfield players in the Premier League in his time there now he’s sitting on the bench at Man United.

“So you have to be very careful on your choices at the right time and if you’re playing as much football as Conor’s playing now, and enjoying it more than ever with Palace then you want to continue that.

“If that’s not at Chelsea it can certainly be somewhere else in the Premier League I’m sure.”

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