West Bromwich Albion newbie Conor Gallagher has been discussing his decision to join the Baggies on loan, despite other interest from Premier League rivals.
The newly-promoted side have signed the player on loan for the rest of the season, following his impressive campaign with Swansea City last term.
Gallagher signed a new deal at Chelsea before the move and it was reported he had plenty of other clubs chasing him.
One such team was Leeds United. As reported by the Daily Mail, Leeds were hoping to sign the player on a permanent deal from Chelsea this summer.
However, as Gallagher informed the West Brom website, the Baggies style of play helped him decide to make the move to The Hawthorns.
“There was a lot of interest from the Premier League, which is where I wanted to play this season, but this is where I want to be.
“West Brom stood out to me because of the way they played last season. I played against them two or three times and I liked how they approached the game.
“I felt that it would suit me and it would be best for my development. I felt it could help me become the player I want to be and I’m pleased to get this agreement sorted.”
Leeds United fans will probably be wondering why Gallagher would consider West Brom’s style of play superior to theirs and the likelihood is he didn’t.
Both clubs play good football but judging by the fact Gallagher has signed a new deal at Chelsea before securing the loan would suggest that Leeds’ aim of signing Gallagher on a permanent basis fell foul of the Stamford Bridge club’s plans.
Leeds have done loan business with Chelsea before, with Lewis Baker, Jamal Blackman, and Izzy Brown all heading to Elland Road under Victor Orta’s recruitment.
But in this case, a permanent deal was their plan and instead Gallagher will be lining up for their Premier League rivals this season.