Conor Gallagher has been one of the most outstanding Chelsea loanees this season, and accordingly, he’s getting noticed outside of the halls of Cobham.
According to the Daily Mail, Burnley are “keen” on “lining up” a move for the 19-year-old who’s been a key player for Charlton Athletic this season, and not just because of his 6 goals in 21 appearances. Addicks’ boss Lee Bowyer has been effusive in his praise all season, highlighting Gallagher’s overall qualities that also led to him winning Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year award last season. Burnley apparently see him as someone who can strengthen their midfield and are “eager” to explore this possibility.
Burnley of course would have to first solve the Danny Drinkwater situation, who was expected to do just that, but has failed to actually do just that. While Sean Dyche has recently hinted that they might not be sending the former Premier League-winner back to Chelsea just yet, Premier League loan regulations would prevent them from adding Gallagher on loan as well at the same time. Only one player may be on loan from one Premier League club to another at any given time.
Additionally, it seems unlikely that Chelsea would be too keen on uprooting the good situation Gallagher has created for himself in South London. Charlton may be only in the Championship, but Lampard and Morris won’t look down their noses at that experience come next summer’s training camp.