Conor Gallagher: The Chelsea academy graduate who idolises Frank Lampard and has starred on loan at Charlton this season


Conor Gallagher has been tipped as a future star for Chelsea.

The 19-year-old was named as the Blues’ Academy Player of the Year last season and is making a big impression on loan at Charlton this season.

It is a good time to be a Chelsea youngster with Frank Lampard handing debuts to Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James since his appointment in the summer while Tammy Abraham has been in fine form up front after getting his big chance at Stamford Bridge.

Conor Gallagher has scored four goals this season

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Conor Gallagher has scored four goals this season

All four starred on loan in the Championship last season and have made the step up to Premier League football.

So will Gallagher be the next youngster to make his mark at Chelsea?

Here at, we have taken a look at the young midfielder’s development…

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Gallagher is a lifelong Chelsea fan and has been with the club since he was eight years old.

He is yet to make a senior appearance for the club but was on the bench for the 2019 Europa League final against Arsenal, picking up a winners’ medal.

In August, he signed a new three-year deal with the Blues after being named their Academy Player of the Year and joined Charlton on loan for the season.

Gallagher was excellent for Chelsea’s youth sides last season

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Gallagher was excellent for Chelsea’s youth sides last season

He has scored four goals in 11 games and was named as the EFL’s Young Player of the Month for September.

Gallagher has also represented England at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level. He was part of the Under-17 England side who won the World Cup in 2017.

The midfielder was also called up to the England Under-21 squad for the first time this week, for the games against Slovenia and Austria.

Who is he like?

It’s easy to see why he has been compared to current Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

He is a box-to-box midfielder who has an eye for goal. Gallagher could get into double figures with Charlton and Lampard famously had 10 consecutive Premier League seasons with 10 or more goals.

The midfielder is also very reminiscent of Lee Bowyer and he is probably the perfect person to take him to the next level. Gallagher has been enjoying learning from the Charlton manager.

He recently said of the former Leeds and Newcastle star: “He’s great. I’ve only worked under him for a couple of months now but I’ve loved it.

“He was a top midfielder back in the day and knows his stuff. He has played at the top level so it’s a lot to learn to make the box every time and that is how I’ve scored my goals this season.

“I am looking forward to working under him for the end of the season.”

What have other people said?

After Charlton’s draw with Fulham, Bowyer sung the youngster’s praises, saying: “Conor isn’t bad… not a bad player!

“Has he surprised me? He’s scored one every two games, for a 19-year-old kid who’s never played men’s football before, he’ll surprise anyone.

“I think he’s even surprised Chelsea. I don’t think they knew how far he could go so soon.

“They had people come in on Thursday. Claude Makelele (technical mentor at Chelsea) came in to speak to us about the loan, how Conor is getting on, their thoughts on him and they’re delighted. Conor is a good player, one to watch in the future.”

Conor Gallagher has quickly adapted to life in the Championship with Charlton

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Conor Gallagher has quickly adapted to life in the Championship with Charlton

Gallagher was discovered to have a heart condition and needed minor surgery to fix the problem last summer.

Blues assistant Joe Edwards was complementary at the way he fought back to full fitness.

“It cost Conor his whole pre-season but he bounced back in the way you’d expect because his mentality is solid and he’s just a fighter,” Edwards told Chelsea’s official website.

“It’s that desire and energy that have been so important for us because we’ve had to fight a lot this season, particularly in the Uefa Youth League knockout stages, and he’s been our catalyst.

“He’s a good player technically but that heart and physical capability to keep pushing himself have set him apart.”

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Why Chelsea fans should be excited

Gallagher loves Chelsea and he has the talent to match.

Lampard was his idol growing up and he is already targeting a place in his side next season.

Players such as Abraham, Mount and Fikayo Tomori have shown there is a pathway to the first team and Blues fans should rightly be excited about this current crop.

“I think it is about time that a manager came in and did that with the Chelsea youngsters,” said Gallagher.

“Mason, Tammy and Fikayo have been Chelsea’s best players at the start of the season. It shows that if you give more youngsters a chance they can perform.

“I hope one day I can work under Frank, because I think he has a lot to teach me.

“He scored loads of goals and I try to play my game like him, in terms of being box-to-box, scoring goals and making assists. It is how I aspire to be.”

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