Joseph Masi of the Express and Star has provided an update on the immediate future of West Brom loanee Conor Gallagher.
Speaking on the Baggies Broadcast Podcast (11/01/2020 – 1:12:01-1:12:25), Masi reported that Chelsea do have the option to bring the player back to Stamford Bridge this month.
He said: “I am 99% sure that Gallagher does have a recall, but I’m 90% sure he’ll stay anyway.
“I really don’t see why. If they were going to recall him, they probably would have done it by now, they probably wouldn’t have let him play against Arsenal, and also play in the FA Cup.”
Gallagher’s immediate future has been a subject of discussion following Sam Allardyce’s arrival at the club.
Some Chelsea fans have been expressing their concern on social media, with many fearing that the England youth international may suffer as a result of Allardyce’s style of play.
Baggies cannot afford to lose him
To put it simply, the Baggies must do all they can in order to keep Gallagher at the club beyond the January window.
Supporters can take a lot of hope from Masi’s comments, because the Chelsea loanee has been so crucial to the Baggies this season, despite their lowly league position.
No West Brom player has scored more goals than Gallagher this season and only Conor Townsend – albeit in five fewer games – has a higher average WhoScored match rating.
While it may not be ideal for Chelsea to have one of their players fighting a relegation battle, Gallagher is playing regular first-team football in the Premier League and that may not be guranteed elsewhere.
Being a key member of a team with their backs against the walls is something new for Gallagher and not something he would have experienced coming through the ranks at Stamford Bridge, or while he pushed for promotion at Swansea last season.
West Brom have to sell it to Chelsea as exactly that and reaffirm their desire to give one of the Blues’ brightest young talents regular Premier League football because they simply cannot afford to lose such a key player.
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