Sam Allardyce sends message to Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher over his future


Gallagher has impressed on loan at the Hawthorns (Picture: Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce is hoping West Brom can keep hold of Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher if the Baggies survive their relegation battle.

The 21-year-old came through the Blues’ academy but is yet to make his first-team debut for the west London club.

After loan spells in the Championship at Charlton and Swansea, Gallagher has made the step up to becoming a Premier League regular at West Brom.

Allardyce would be keen to hold onto the midfielder (Picture: Getty Images)

The midfielder has registered two goals and as many assists in 23 Premier League appearances this season and has managed to regularly keep senior players out of the team.

Allardyce’s side are currently in 19th place and 10 points off safety with nine games to play, but should they manage to retain their top-flight status, the West Brom boss hopes Gallagher can extend his stay.

‘If we stay in the Premier League I’d hope he is here next season not at Chelsea.’ Allardyce said.

‘He’d be better off having another season with us rather than the competitive size of the Chelsea squad.

‘He is learning and development level at 19 has been improved.

‘I have seen a good player since I have been here. I heard how good he was before I came.

‘I think every day and every game he plays in the Premier League he gains more experience.

‘When you lose more than you win, which he is experiencing for the first time, it makes you tougher. More determined.

‘At such a young age to get these disappointments week in week out it can only stand him in good stead and improve his career. He has been a good asset for us.’


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