Should Chelsea recall in-form Gallagher this January? Chelsea loan coach gives final verdict

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Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has been having an incredible time on loan with Crystal Palace, and the 21-year-old has been getting massive reviews from all corners.

For Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has seen his side struggle in the middle of the park this season, with the bulk of his midfield out with covid and injury at one point.

However, despite calls for Chelsea to recall the 21-year-old midfielder in January, Chelsea loan coach Carlo Cudicini has confirmed that he will remain at the Eagles until the end of the season.

“What’s important for Conor is to finish the season where he is; that’s why we’ve not put anything in place to recall him next month – it’s the same with Billy Gilmour, Cudicini told Ladbrokes.

“I’ve said this many times in the past, but a loan isn’t necessarily only successful if you’re playing every single minute.

“Sometimes, especially at that age, you learn just as much when you’re not in the team. I think back to Conor last season at West Bromwich Albion where he had a difficult moment when the manager, Slaven Bilic was replaced by Sam Allardyce.

“Conor missed a few games under Allardyce and I had to talk with him and remind him that he should take this as a positive moment, because he’s learning how to deal with these types of situations and managerial changes.

“You hope to play every minute of every game, but there will be a time where you spend some time on the bench, so why not start to deal with that part of the game now?

“With a player as talented as Conor, you’re always going to receive a lot of interest from a number of clubs, both from England and abroad. It was just a matter of understanding what the manager wants from him, and then it’s about picking the right club – and we feel Crystal Palace is exactly that.”

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