West Ham think Chelsea star Conor Gallagher can become their new Jesse Lingard - journalist
Gallagher is one of the brightest players of his age in the Premier League. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace and he was phenomenal. He’s a wanted man now, with multiple clubs keen to sign him.
West Ham think Chelsea star Conor Gallagher can be their new Jesse Lingard
Newcastle United were the most recent club to be linked with a move for Gallagher, while Fabrizio Romano claimed last month that Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard absolutely loves the talented Chelsea midfielder.
Gallagher has admirers at Chelsea as well, with Thomas Tuchel handing him a start in their game against Leeds United on Sunday. The youngster did make a mistake in the 3-0 defeat, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad player.
Chelsea could well retain his services beyond the end of the summer window, but if he’s made available for a transfer, Dean Jones believes West Ham will pounce as they feel the £40 million-rated youngster could have the same impact that Lingard did when he joined the club on loan.
The journalist told GiveMeSport: “They (West Ham) are still waiting in the background to hear on various situations ongoing at Chelsea – Broja is one of them but also Conor Gallagher really interests them.
“They feel his energy and ability would bring a similar lift to when Jesse Lingard came in.”
When Lingard first joined West Ham on loan from Manchester United, nobody really predicted that he would go on and become one of the best players in the Premier League.
The Englishman scored nine goals and provided five assists for the Hammers in just 16 appearances. He was absolutely incredible, and Gallagher could well have a similar impact.
The Chelsea youngster is arguably a much better talent than Lingard. He is fantastic on the ball, can create chances and score goals. He could be a fine signing for the Irons, but whether Chelsea will let him leave remains to be seen.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out, but if Gallagher becomes available, it really is a new brainer.