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Conor Gallagher has discussed how his heart problems helped to shape his mentality, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Gallagher has made a superb start to life on loan at Charlton Athletic from Chelsea, making 15 starts in the Championship and 1 substitute appearance, scoring 5 goals and assisting 1 more.
He has also been effective in general play, with some of the standout statistics being that he makes 1.9 tackles, 1.6 dribbles and 1.1 interceptions on average.
The 19-year-old even followed this up on the international stage, scoring with a superb strike that helped England U21s to a 3-0 win over Albania on his full debut.
Following that game, he was quoted in The Daily Mail, speaking about the heart operation he had approximately a year ago: “It definitely drives me on because it’s a bit of a scare, isn’t it? It makes you appreciate it more when you’re out there on the pitch playing.
“You have to give 100% because every single one of us is lucky to be here. Ever since it happened, after the surgery, I’ve just wanted to prove myself.
“I’ve come back fitter, stronger. I’ve set myself small targets and I feel that is the better way to do it because I didn’t expect to be starting on Friday night and I did and then did well. I can set more targets.”
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It is pretty remarkable that Gallagher is in his current position just a year after having a heart operation and his attitude of turning the experience into motivation is clearly an admirable one.
The impact the teenager has had since joining the Championship side can be summarised by how glowingly Lee Bowyer spoke about him on talkSPORT: “Whatever you tell him he does and I just keep encouraging him to get in the box, and things are falling for him at the moment.
“His willingness and work rate are unreal, so he’s fitted in really well.”
The midfielder has taken his opportunity to impress in senior football so far, and judging by the way he has approached things, it is unlikely he will be slowing down.