“I don’t see him having a Future there” – Popular retired PL footballer urges incredible youngster to join Crystal Palace over Everton
Darren Ambrose has urged Conor Gallagher to join Crystal Palace over Everton if he leaves Chelsea this summer, as he told talkSPORT.
The former Premier League midfielder compared Gallagher to Jesse Lingard and how he may have to leave Chelsea in order to continue the development in his career.
Last summer, Lingard had the chance to return to West Ham United after a fruitful loan spell at the London Stadium from Manchester United.
But instead, he opted to return to Old Trafford, only to struggle himself and watch his team produce their worst season during the Premier League era.
Ambrose warned Gallagher of making the same mistake, as the former Crystal Palace man made it clear that he would love the player’s ‘affectionate’ qualities in South London again.
“If you are talking about development, you are talking about Everton or Crystal Palace,” said Ambrose. “Personally, I would say Crystal Palace.
“I would look at Jesse Lingard and his situation at West Ham. He did fantastically well and broke into the England scene again.
“He decided to go back to Manchester United, decided to stay, fight for his place and it all went pear-shaped for him. It looks like he’s going to go out to the MLS, which is probably a little too early in his career, so, I look at that as an example for Conor Gallagher.
“Thomas Tuchel is a fantastic manager. But is he going to play every game? No, he’s not because they are going to rotate. For a player like Gallagher, he needs to be playing every game and he was comfortable at Crystal Palace. The supporters love him there. He is an affectionate player.”
The past 12 months have proven that when Gallagher decided to leave on loan last summer, it was the best call he could have made because it landed him in the England set-up.
The all-action midfielder is now a regular under Gareth Southgate and he will be aiming to earn his plane ticket for Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
But, the issue facing the Chelsea academy product and a number of midfielders is the number of players fighting for those spots.
Added with right-back, the middle of the park, or the offensive side of it, is probably the most jam-packed and a position where if you slip up, then you might find your place going to somebody else.
If Gallagher finds himself warming the bench ahead of his Chelsea return, then he will lose that all-important spot, so he needs to bear that in mind when deciding what to do this summer.