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Chelsea: Conor Gallagher could end up as outcast by Man Utd – Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce says Conor Gallagher could stagnate after returning to Chelsea (Image: BT Sport)

Former England coach Sam Allardyce has warned Conor Gallagher he could ‘go backwards’ like Jesse Lingard in Manchester United when he comes back Chelsea.

Gallagher has had a great start to his loan spell at Crystal Palace, scoring six goals – including two in Sunday’s 3-1 win Everton – and made three assists.

The 21-year-old has previously impressed on loan at Charlton Athletic, Swansea City and West Brom but this could be Gallagher’s breakout season as he looks to convince Chelsea he’s the team’s material. one.

Thomas Tuchel is said to greatly admire Gallagher and could include the England international in his Chelsea squad next season, but Allardyce says his former player needs to be ‘very careful’ so he doesn’t have to be. sidelined on his return to Stamford Bridge.

The former England, Bolton, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Everton, Sunderland and West Ham manager also thinks Gallagher could end up like Lingard if he’s not careful.

Lingard thrived on loan at West Ham last season but decided to stay at Manchester United over the summer and started just two games all season.

When asked what Gallagher should do next summer, Allardyce said talkSPORT: ‘I wouldn’t have been there for too long if I hadn’t been in the first team.

Gallagher has impressed for Crystal Palace (Image: Getty)

‘I want to come back and try and I think about his form at the moment and you have to keep in mind that now that he’s made his England debut, he’s an England international.

‘He wants to come back and try to fit in with the team but I think if you do that you have to play enough of the first games of the team because otherwise you can easily fall behind like Jesse Lingard.

‘Staying at Man United, I think he was a bad choice because he was not selected.

‘Once at West Ham he was one of the best scoring midfielders in the Premier League during his time, now he’s on the bench at Man United.

Allardyce believes Jesse Lingard should have left Manchester United (Image: Getty)

‘So you have to be very careful about your choices at the right time and if you’re playing the football as much as Conor is currently playing, and enjoying it more than ever with Palace then you want to continue that. there.

I’m sure if it didn’t happen at Chelsea it could certainly be somewhere else in the Premier League. ”

Crystal Palace boss and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira hailed Gallagher as ‘modest’ after he scored twice to help the Eagles beat Everton over the weekend.

“I’m not surprised at all and Conor is not the type to be too busy,” says Vieira.

‘He wants to improve, he is really humble, is working hard and the challenge for him is to maintain that form to fulfill expectations.

‘He was fantastic today and I think when the whole team plays at that level, it allows him and some of the players on the team to express themselves.’

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