Graham Potter could hand Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher the opportunity to be in starting lineup in his first Champions League match after scoring a dramatic winner against Crystal Palace.
If anybody was doubting Conor Gallagher’s discipline, being able to hold himself back from wheeling away in celebration in front of the adoring Chelsea fans after scoring his first goal for the club is restraint of a different level.
Gallagher became known for the timing of his play at Selhurst Park last season and captured the imaginations of the Palace fans. Now he’s at Chelsea and his career just got catapulted.
Potter has already shown a move away from that with midfield set-ups that differ subtly but importantly from Tuchel’s, and it allows for the former.
The chances were that Gallagher would always be given a chance under Potter, he’s too good not to, but after his goal it would be harsh to leave him out against AC Milan.
His first senior goal for the Blues has proven his ability when in his preferred role, and Steven Warnock thinks his early season performances weren’t down to a lack of quality: “When you talk about the red card and when he [Gallagher] played in a two, that’s an over eagerness to impress,” he said on SkySports.
“I wouldn’t worry about that, that’s ‘I’m not playing enough, I want to try and get around the pitch and be busy and showcase what I can do.’
“It’s over enthusiasm but I really like him, I think there’s sides to his game he needs to clean up, in possession, he wins the ball back extremely well but he’ll be delighted from a personal point of view because I think he’ll improve under Graham Potter.”