Conor Gallagher has been one of the most impressive players in the Chelsea Loan Army this season, establishing himself as a key player under Slaven Bilić at West Bromwich Albion from just about day one of the new season. Unfortunately, the newly promoted side have not been very good as a team overall, and Bilić paid the price with an untimely sacking — right after a more than creditable 1-1 draw against Manchester City, shockingly.
Bilić’s replacement was the far less progressive Sam Allardyce, which led to some suggestions that Chelsea might look to recall Gallagher. Fortunately, the 20-year-old has continued to feature under Big Sam, even if the Baggies’ results have not improved in the least bit, and they’re still looking for their first win since late November.
Gallagher has now played all but 10 of the last 1170 Premier League minutes on offer at West Brom. It would appear that his place in the team is just as safe as before, and he’s thus not expected to be recalled — Big Sam or no Big Sam — as reported by The Athletic’s Liam Twomey yesterday.
I’m told Conor Gallagher is expected to stay at West Brom for the rest of the season. He’s often stood out in a struggling team and, just as importantly from Chelsea’s perspective, the change from Slaven Bilic to Sam Allardyce hasn’t negatively impacted his minutes #CFC #WBA— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) January 13, 2021
One of the main goals of the Loan Army is to expose players to different situations, styles, and challenges, and young Gallagher’s certainly getting one this season. May he emerge an even stronger player, one who could possibly make a strong claim on a first-team spot at Chelsea next season!