Chelsea: Tuchel will ‘definitely look at’ £75m duo at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in the dugout

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will ‘definitely have a look’ at both Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja in pre-season, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The two academy graduates both impressed during loan spells at Crystal Palace and Southampton, respectively, throughout 2021/22 and could be integrated into the first team at Stamford Bridge next term.

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That should give Tuchel room to manoeuvre in the transfer market. Still, he has already indicated that he is willing to give the returning youngsters in his squad an opportunity to impress.

“It is too early to predict the future for them given the role of the whole season, but they will be back for pre-season, that’s for sure,” said the German tactician.

There could be several changes in Tuchel’s setup next term, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen already set to depart on free transfers, and the likes of Gallagher and Broja may benefit from the turnaround in personnel.

What has O’Rourke said about Chelsea?

O’Rourke believes Gallagher and Broja will be given opportunities to catch Tuchel’s eye over the summer and reckons the former, in particular, is ‘ready to make that step up’ to Chelsea’s starting XI.

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He told GiveMeSport: “I think he’ll definitely have a look at both players. Both really impressed out on loan, particularly Conor Gallagher had an outstanding season at Crystal Palace.

“I think there’s a real big chance for him maybe to break into that Chelsea midfield next season. He’s been out on loan on quite a few occasions now, so he is ready to make that step up and become a regular in the Chelsea side.”

How good are Gallagher and Broja?

Gallagher, who is valued at £40m by CIES, registered eight goals and five assists in 39 appearances for Palace, yet his underlying numbers were even more eye-catching.

As per FBref, the England international ranked in the 96th percentile for non-penalty goals, 93rd for touches in the attacking penalty area, 93rd for pressures, and the 92nd for completed dribbles amongst fellow central midfielders over the last year.

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Meanwhile, Broja, who is valued at £35m by CIES, found the back of the net on nine occasions, setting up one further strike in 38 outings for the Saints.

There are perhaps more question marks over the 20-year-old’s ability than Gallagher, although Tuchel may view him as the ideal candidate to provide competition for Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea.

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