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‘Unbelievable’- Arsenal legend Ian Wright says Thomas Tuchel ‘cannot ignore’ Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher


Ian Wright says Thomas Tuchel ‘cannot ignore’ the Chelsea loanee (Pictures: Getty/BBC)

Conor Gallagher has been ‘unbelievable’ at Crystal Palace this season and Thomas Tuchel ‘cannot ignore’ the Chelsea loanee’s performances, says Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

Gallagher has enjoyed loan spells at Charlton Athletic, Swansea City and West Brom and joined Premier League club Palace for the 2021-22 season over the summer.

The 21-year-old has made a big impact at Selhurst Park, playing a hand in four goals in eight appearances and impressing Palace boss and former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira.

Wright believes Gallagher is ‘showing Chelsea what he’s got’ and says it will be impossible for Tuchel to ‘ignore’ the youngster, who will look to break into the Blues’ first-team next season.

‘Being a Chelsea fan, he’s obviously driven to try to get back there and be where he wants to be,’ he said on The Kelly and Wrighty show.

‘Gallagher is one of those players – when I watch him, he’s never less than seven out of 10. He’s consistently good in every game I’ve seen him play.

‘Obviously, he has had to go on loan. [But] he’s showing Chelsea exactly what he’s got. Now you can’t ignore him.

Gallagher is thriving on loan at Premier League club Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)

‘I think for him, it’s even tougher. Because he’s had to go out from Chelsea, go somewhere like West Brom who got relegated [despite] being the best player there, come to Palace and still be the standout. It’s unbelievable how he’s doing this.’

Wright is not the only Premier League legend to praise Gallagher this season, with former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville singling him out after Crystal Palace drew 2-2 with Arsenal.

‘I liked his energy. I liked his commitment to go press the ball. I thought when he got the ball he used it,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘I thought he was brilliant for Crystal Palace. You need players in your team who go win the ball back when you’re out of possession, do the hard yards and get on the ball in the Premier League.’

Responding to Neville’s praise this week, Gallagher said: ‘If people like that are talking about me, I want to know what they say, if it’s good or bad.

‘But I’m thankful and happy he said something nice, it’s obviously a positive thing.’

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