Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher continued his good run of recent form, putting in a solid display for the England Under-21’s in their Euro 2023 U21 qualifier against Kosovo.
The Eagles began life under new manager Patrick Vieira in unspectacular style, recovering from an opening-day defeat against Chelsea to draw with newly-promoted Brentford and West Ham United.
Gallagher was unavailable for selection for the curtain-raiser at Stamford Bridge due to him being on loan from the Blues, and his presence in the starting lineup since has made a visible difference.
A brace against the Hammers last time out rescued a draw for the south London outfit, earning him a place in Lee Carsley’s first Three Lions squad.
Rhian Brewster and Manchester City’s Cole Palmer may have got the goals in England’s 2-0 victory over Kosovo on Tuesday night, but Gallagher’s instrumental contribution also played a key part in their success.
As per SofaScore, the highly-rated 21-year-old received a match rating of 7.6 out of 10, the third-highest total received by anyone on the pitch in midweek.
The box-to-box dynamo won a whopping nine duels during his 90 minutes on the pitch while also achieving a passing accuracy of 87%, showcasing his dominant display in the middle of the pitch.
Gallagher also claimed an assist, pulled off three successful dribbles and had 100 touches of the ball as he dictated proceedings at Stadium MK.
It was yet another illustration of the potential that the youngster possesses, and Vieira will be looking for more of the same when Tottenham Hotspur visit Selhurst Park in the early kickoff on Saturday.