Sun 17 July 2022 | 14:53

Tuchel is confident Gallagher will be a key Chelsea player this season

Having spent the past two seasons on loan in the Premier League at West Brom and Crystal Palace, Thomas Tuchel believes this season will be the breakthrough season for the Chelsea academy product, Conor Gallagher.

Last season, Conor Gallagher’s impressive performances at

Crystal Palace

rewarded him with his first senior call-up for the England squad as the midfielder was involved in 11 goals in the 2021-22 season with Palace. However, Gallagher is yet to play a first-team minute for his boyhood club, Chelsea.

Being assured by the Chelsea boss that the 2022-23 campaign will be a breakthrough opportunity for the 22-year-old midfielder earlier this week, Tuchel expects Gallagher to be a great addition for Chelsea as Everton is heavily interested to sign the midfielder this summer.


Conor trains at a really high level, and you can clearly see it was the right decision to let him go on loan

," Tuchel told his press conference.

"He made a huge step in his development at Palace and became an England player. It was a very good start and a good match for him.

"Now it's important he gets used to our principles of the game, to understand when to move and when not to move, and his work rate is outstanding. He can be a big asset for us."


Ben Chilwell served as another positive note for Tuchel in


's pre-season against Club America as Mason Mount secured the victory. Due to necessary knee surgery, the left back missed a large part of the 2021-22 campaign. However, the German coach is happy to have the England international back.

"I'm super happy that he's back,"

Tuchel added.

"It's a difference from training to playing a game and he will take time, but he will get there because he deserves it and we will support him on his way back.

"I'm happy that nobody's injured after a very physical game and a very physical two weeks."

An own goal from Reece James had cancelled out Timo Werner's strike before Mount secured the victory for the blues in their friendly match against Club America. Although Michy Batshuayi and Kai Havertz squandered presentable opportunities,


expects players to find their feet in time.


Timo played 45 minutes like everybody else and Timo scored

," the German continued.

"That's what counts and from there we go. There is always stuff to improve, but it's the first match. Kai had a big chance, Michy had a big chance, Timo took the chance and Mason did also.

"I count on the fact that as they become more experienced, they maybe become more calm and adapt more and more.

"They're still young players and what we want from them is that they stay confident, stay focused, and do what they need to do as strikers."

Chelsea will face Major League Soccer side Charlotte FC, Arsenal, and Udinese to conclude their pre-season campaign before kickstarting their Premier League season at


on August 6.



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