Could a Chelsea academy product be set to leave Stamford Bridge soon?

Conor Gallagher of Chelsea (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Conor Gallagher of Chelsea (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) /

Chelsea has started the season poorly, and even after another spending spree, that form could continue unless Mauricio Pochettino finds a solution quickly. Having said that, Chelsea is in quite a bit of an injury crisis at the moment, with no more than nine players from the first-team squad currently sitting in the physio room. Yet there is still one player who could be disgruntled enough to leave for their London rivals.

Chelsea boyhood fan could be about to depart in January

With the arrival of Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo, it could be Conor Gallagher who will lose his place in the midfield, depending on who Pochettino wants to play for his Blues.

Seeing as Enzo Fernandez was a new signing last January, it is unlikely that Pochettino will drop him, and it will, in fact, be the 23-year-old who will miss out on vital game time, especially with the European Championships being played in 2024.

Who is most likely to sign Gallagher?

Gallagher’s future has been in the air all summer, and it was a surprise that he stayed at Stamford Bridge, to be honest, with regular game time elsewhere. However, Gallagher has been with Chelsea since he was eight years old and wants to succeed at his boyhood club.

Having spent many seasons out on loan, Gallagher was drafted into the side last year but was unable to prevent a poor year for Chelsea. However, it has not deterred many clubs from trying to get his signature.

With Gallagher being born in Epsom in Surrey, it is likely he would prefer to play for a club in the south and ideally in London. This could be good for Gallagher as the main club in for him is Tottenham Hotspur, and Ange Postecoglou could be the man to nurture him into a very good-looking Spurs side.

Yet there is still interest from the other side of London, with West Ham United and David Moyes still keen on bringing in more reinforcements into the centre of midfield following Declan Rice’s summer departure.

Is there any salvation for Gallagher?

Chelsea have played five games in the league, and Gallagher has started every single one of them. With an average rating of 7.03 from, he is just behind Raheem Sterling for the best rating in the squad; Gallagher is showing that he deserves to play in the squad.

Reports suggest that the former West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace loanee is currently happy with his club and country situation, but it could be hanging on a knife edge depending on how Pochettino sees where Gallagher fits in his side.