Conor Gallagher could make his West Bromwich Albion debut in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Everton as the young midfielder closes in on another loan move away from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.
Since being named the Blues’ Academy Player of the Year in 2019, this Epsom-born midfielder has been farmed out again and again as Chelsea look to test his mettle in the senior game.
And, after contributing six goals and 11 assists during spells at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City last season, Gallagher will soon be rewarded with a Premier League debut – albeit not in the blue of his parent club.
The Mail claims West Brom boss Slaven Bilic held talks with Chelsea counterpart – and former West Ham teammate – Frank Lampard on three separate occasions this month.
And it seems the personal touch goes a long way with the Baggies set to fight off competition from a host of top-flight rivals, including Leeds United, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, for Gallagher’s sought-after signature.
The report adds the 20-year-old could feature in West Brom colours for the first time during a daunting trip to in-form Everton on Saturday.
Gallagher shares Lampard’s ability to make perfectly timed runs into the penalty area before finishing in style.
And, given that West Brom’s strikers aren’t exactly prolific, Bilic needs as many goals from elsewhere as he can get.
The Mail believes Gallagher will sign a new-long term contract with Chelsea before heading out – a reflection of how highly he is regarded at Stamford Bridge.