Leeds United are reportedly ‘hanging on’ in the race to sign one of the Premier League’s promising youngsters and they’ll certainly want to land his signature ahead of their rivals…
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, the Championship winners are chasing a loan move for young Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher but they face competition from Crystal Palace.
However, it’s claimed that the Eagles are also interested in Michy Batshuayi and they would only be able to sign one of the two players from the Blues.
Roy Hodgson’s men beat United to QPR star Eberechi Eze, a player who plays in midfield like Gallagher, so perhaps the Yorkshire giants are now leading the race for the 20-year-old.
Leeds’ engine room is set to be a thoroughly competitive spot next season with Adam Forshaw set to return from a long-term injury. He’ll accompany the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich, Stuart Dallas, Jamie Shackleton and Pablo Hernandez.
Whilst a move for Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul isn’t completely out of the question either, so on the face of it, another midfielder isn’t really necessary.
But Gallagher would thrive under the stewardship of Marcelo Bielsa and he’d add something quite different in the fact that he scores goals – Bamford was clear with 16 last season with the next best coming from the veteran Spaniard with nine, and he’s not going to be playing every single week.
During loan spells in the Championship with both Charlton and Swansea last season, the 20-year-old provided six goals and 11 assists whilst averaging 1.8 tackles, 1.7 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
He put in a pretty solid performance against Leeds in September, keeping Helder Costa quiet on the right flank. The winger won just four duels while the Chelsea loanee notched double that along with four tackles too, as per SofaScore.
Sky Sports pundit Keith Andrews likened him to both Lee Bowyer and Frank Lampard in playing style, claiming “What we are seeing in glimpses from Gallagher, he has to be given the licence to get forward and he times his run into the box so well. When he gets in there, he’s got that composure in front of goal. But for me, he’s a classic No 8; he has an unbelievable energy, he does the ugly side of the game, but you have to let him off the leash and let him get forward.”
He seems a perfect fit for Bielsa and everything must be done to secure him on loan this season, he could save millions in comparison to De Paul.
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