Charlton loan star Conor Gallagher is a midfielder with an end product… he works hard and does not shirk a challenge
- Sportsmail’s Secret Scout takes a look at Charlton midfielder Conor Gallagher
- Gallagher is at the Valley on loan from Chelsea and has thrived this season
- At 19, Gallagher has adapted quickly to league football under Lee Bowyer
Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star.
This week Sportsmail’s Secret Scout places Charlton’s in-form midfielder Conor Gallagher under the microscope…
This week Sportsmail’s Secret Scout looks at Charlton Athletic midfielder Conor Gallagher
WHAT HAS HE GOT?
CLUB: Charlton (on loan from Chelsea)
2019-20 APPS: 5
Charlton have begun the season in fine style and rookie manager Lee Bowyer has used the loan system to maximum effect. Gallagher is one of several loanees, having taken the short trip from Chelsea to enhance his career.
At 19, he has already adapted to league football with a strong contribution from midfield. Playing from the left side of a three in midfield, I like the way he mixes his game up.
In the match I watched, he ran on from midfield, skipped away from his marker, played the ball wide accurately, accepted the early cross and put the icing on the cake with an adroit finish. In another move, he let the ball run across his body, completely deceiving his opponent, then hit an excellent crossfield ball with his right foot.
When tightly marked and receiving with his back to goal, he played a clever ’round the corner’ ball to his alert front man. In a young midfield, he took the responsibility for getting on the ball and prompting his colleagues.
Charlton have used the loan market well and are thriving with Chelsea youngster Gallagher
WHAT DOES HE NEED?
At Championship level, players need stamina and strength, and Gallagher appears to have that.
He is playing at a much higher level than the academy football he was used to last season. It is important that midfielders are not just players who ‘lend’ the ball to colleagues but seek an end product, too.
Gallagher gets into the box against strong defenders and shows the bravery to force a goal.
He works hard and does not shirk a challenge. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will clearly encourage youth and his staff will closely monitor this Epsom-born boy as the season progresses.
Gallagher needs to continue to contribute goals and assists from midfield as Charlton impress