Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel missed a trick by allowing Conor Gallagher to head out on loan to Crystal Palace, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.
Gallagher joined the Eagles on a season-long deal before the campaign got underway and has gone on to shine at Selhurst Park.
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The 21-year-old bagged two goals and grabbed as many assists during 32 appearances for the Baggies, but that was not enough to stop Tuchel deciding to send Gallagher out on loan again.
Patrick Vieira, who was appointed as Palace’s new manager in July, made Gallagher one of his first acquisitions and he has taken his game to the next level at Selhurst Park.
Gallagher’s eye-catching performances for the Eagles resulted in him earning a maiden England call-up after Mason Mount, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish and Luke Shaw pulled out of Gareth Southgate’s squad last month.
He made his Three Lions debut by coming on as a substitute in the 10-0 World Cup qualifying rout of San Marino.
That led to the midfielder – who is valued at £13.5million by Transfermarkt – heaping praise on Vieira, with him describing his club boss as “amazing” and insisting his tactical game has improved since joining Palace.
What has Michael Bridge said about Gallagher?
Bridge has questioned Tuchel’s decision to send Gallagher out on loan while keeping fellow central midfielders Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Stamford Bridge.
The Sky Sports reporter feels the German’s call may have backfired due his impressive form for Palace.
Bridge told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s strange that you’ve got Barkley and Loftus-Cheek at Chelsea but Gallagher, who’s on loan, gets in the England squad.
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“There’s just something I find a bit odd about that.”
How do Gallagher’s stats compare to Barkley and Loftus-Cheek so far this season?
Gallagher has been in impressive form for Palace, becoming a regular starter under Vieira.
The midfielder has contributed in the final third of the pitch by scoring six goals, including a brace last time out against Everton, and registering a further three assists in 16 outings.
Barkley, meanwhile, has been restricted to one Premier League start since the campaign got underway.
Loftus-Cheek, who made 25 appearances during a Palace loan spell in the 2017/18 season, has been handed a little more action than Barkley.
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