Crystal Palace have reportedly submitted a bid to bring Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher back to Selhurst Park and the Englishman could be Patrick Vieira’s own version of Jude Bellingham should he sign.
It was suggested earlier this week that the Eagles had made an offer of £27m for the England international, who has endured a difficult start to the season with Chelsea.
His future at Stamford Bridge has been unclear for the majority of the summer and his red card in Chelsea’s win against Leicester City last weekend will not have aided his chances of becoming a first-team regular in Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Gallagher’s loan spell with Crystal Palace last season was a hugely successful one as he made 34 appearances in the Premier League for the Eagles, contributing eight goals and three assists, earning him an impressive 7.09 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
This ranked him as the top performer in Vieira’s squad, so it is no surprise that the French manager is so keen to bring him back ahead of the transfer deadline.
Former professional footballer Mark Duffy was full of praise for Gallagher last season and suggested that he could be a good fit at Anfield, but Vieira will be hoping that the England international prefers a move to London.
Should the 22-year-old return to Selhurst Park this summer, he could prove to be Vieira’s own version of Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham.
According to Fb Ref, the teenage wonderkid is the eighth most similar player to Gallagher in terms of play style, and given that he is rated as one of the top youngsters in world football, he is certainly not a bad player to be compared with.
Last season saw Bellingham and Gallagher register extremely similar statistics with regards to goals and assists per 90 minutes (both 0.35). They also shone from a defensive point of view, with their tackles similar (65 vs 69) and their successful pressures very much in line (217 vs 222).
This emphasises that both midfielders are excellent all-rounders and can offer a lot in both attack and defence, while WhoScored demonstrates their similarities further, suggesting that both Bellingham and Gallagher like to dribble and are both fouled often.
With the former registering six goals last term, it also suggests he can find the net in pretty equal measure to his England colleague.
Therefore, while Vieira and Crystal Palace will already know what Gallagher can offer at Selhurst Park, the fact he is so similar to a huge talent such as Bellingham reinforces what a top signing he would be for the Eagles if they can get him before the deadline.