Crystal Palace’s new era under Patrick Vieira has got off to a slow but steady start, with the Eagles picking up a respectable two points from a possible nine in the opening weeks of the Premier League campaign.
The south London outfit bounced back from a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea on the opening day of the season via draws with newly-promoted Brentford and West Ham United, giving them hope of future success going forwards.
Vieira oversaw a mass overhaul of the first-team squad during his first summer in the Selhurst Park hotseat.
The likes of Marc Guehi, Michael Olise and Odsonne Edouard were brought in on permanent deals to replace several experienced campaigners, although it was their loanee who stole the show in August.
As per SofaScore, Conor Gallagher received a match rating of 7.95 out of 10 for his two top-flight outings, a tally far greater than any of his Palace teammates.
And it’s clear why the England Under-21 international is head and shoulders above his colleagues when taking a closer inspection of his underlying numbers.
After being forced to miss the curtain-raiser against parent club Chelsea, Gallagher has racked up two key passes, two goals and created two big chances in the capital club’s subsequent league encounters.
But it’s not just going forwards where the robust 21-year-old has excelled. He was also won 17 duels, made four clearances, and pulled off five tackles from his central midfield position, highlighting his influence over Palace’s play.
Vieira will be hoping that Gallagher can pick up where he left off following the international break and fire Palace to their first victory under the Frenchman’s reign.