Conor Gallagher

Conor John Gallagher (born 6 February 2000) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea, and the England national team.

Conor Gallagher
Conor Gallagher December 2018.jpg
Gallagher in 2018
Personal information
Full name Conor John Gallagher[1]
Date of birth (2000-02-06) 6 February 2000 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Epsom, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.82 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Youth career
Epsom Eagles
2008–2019 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Chelsea 0 (0)
2019–2020Charlton Athletic (loan) 26 (6)
2020Swansea City (loan) 19 (0)
2020–2021West Bromwich Albion (loan) 30 (2)
2021–2022Crystal Palace (loan) 34 (8)
National team
2017–2018 England U17 4 (0)
2018 England U18 6 (0)
2018–2019 England U19 9 (2)
2019 England U20 4 (0)
2019–2020 England U21 13 (2)
2021– England 4 (0)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  England
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Winner 2017 U-17 Team
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:58, 22 May 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:41, 14 June 2022 (UTC)

Beginning his career with Chelsea, he has spent loan spells at Charlton Athletic, Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion, and Crystal Palace.

Early and personal lifeEdit

Gallagher was born in Epsom, Surrey to Lee and Samantha Gallagher and is the youngest of their four sons. He grew up in Great Bookham[3] and attended Howard of Effingham School.[4] His older brothers, Jake, Josh and Dan,[5] are footballers at non-league level.[6][7] Gallagher's family are Chelsea fans, and he lived a ten-minute drive from their training ground in Stoke d'Abernon.[7]

Club careerEdit

After playing for Epsom Eagles,[7] Gallagher joined Chelsea at the age of eight.[8] In October 2018 he signed a new contract with Chelsea until 2021.[6] He had minor heart surgery that year.[7] In May 2019 he was an unused substitute in the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final, collecting a winner's medal,[7][9] and was also awarded Chelsea's Academy Player of the Year for the 2018–19 season.[9]

In August 2019 he signed a new three-year contract with Chelsea and moved on loan to Charlton Athletic.[8] After his first month with Charlton in which he scored three goals in six games, he won the English Football League's Young Player of the Month award for August.[9][10] On 14 January 2020, it was confirmed that Gallagher had been recalled by Chelsea,[11] and the following day, he joined Swansea City on loan for the rest of the season.[12][13] Gallagher later said that his time at Swansea allowed him to be more creative as a player.[14]

On 17 September 2020, Gallagher signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, and joined fellow Premier League club West Bromwich Albion on loan for the 2020–21 season.[15][16] On 28 November, Gallagher scored his first goal for Albion in a 1–0 home league win over Sheffield United.[17]

In July 2021 Gallagher joined Premier League club Crystal Palace on a one-year loan deal.[18][19] He scored two goals in a 2–2 draw with West Ham United on 28 August, his first goals for Palace.[20] In November 2021 he was described in The Telegraph as "one of the Premier League's most vibrant talents" who "is thriving in his box-to-box role and has become a key player for Patrick Vieira".[21] In the same month, Gallagher was subjected to homophobic chants from a group of Leeds United fans; the club issued a statement which condemned this.[22] By the start of December, he had six goals and three assists for Crystal Palace, the most of any Premier League player aged 21 or under.[23] In April 2022 he was prevented by parent club Chelsea from playing against them in the FA Cup semi-final; Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel apologised for doing so.[24]

International careerEdit

Gallagher's family heritage meant he was eligible to play for England, Scotland or the Republic of Ireland until he made a competitive appearance for any at senior level.[4][25] He represented England at under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-20 youth levels, winning the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[6]

On 8 October 2019, Gallagher received his first call up to the England U21 squad [26] and made his debut on 11 October 2019 as a substitute during a 2–2 draw against Slovenia in Maribor.[27]

On 14 November 2021, he received his first call-up to the England senior squad.[28] The following day, he earned his first cap, coming on as a half-time substitute in England’s 10–0 win over San Marino.[29]

Style of playEdit

Gallagher has said his "best position is as a box-to-box midfielder [...] I can play deeper and I can play attacking as well",[7] and was described by Lee Bowyer, his manager at Charlton at the time, as "an all-round midfielder. His work-rate is unreal, he puts his foot in for tackles and he can also see a pass".[9] Patrick Vieira has likened Gallagher's style of play to that of former players Ray Parlour and Frank Lampard,[30] who was Gallagher's idol while he was growing up.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 22 May 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea U23 2018–19[31] 4[a] 0 4 0
Chelsea 2019–20[32] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020–21[33] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021–22[34] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2019–20[32] Championship 26 6 0 0 0 0 26 6
Swansea City (loan) 2019–20[32] Championship 19 0 2[b] 0 21 0
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2020–21[33] Premier League 30 2 1 0 1 0 32 2
Crystal Palace (loan) 2021–22[34] Premier League 34 8 4 0 1 0 39 8
Career total 109 16 5 0 2 0 6 0 122 16
  1. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs

InternationalEdit

As of match played 14 June 2022
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2021 1 0
2022 3 0
Total 4 0

HonoursEdit

Chelsea

England U17

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017™ – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Conor Gallagher". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  3. ^ Madeley, Steve (30 November 2020). "Meet the Gallaghers: 'Even now we still have a play fight and beat Conor up'". The Athletic. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  4. ^ a b Seckington, Kaylee (28 September 2017). "Bookham-based Chelsea midfielder called up for England U17s' World Cup squad". Get Surrey. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  5. ^ Seckington, Kaylee (27 July 2017). ""Even I didn't realise how good he is," Aldershot Town midfielder admits after facing Chelsea starlet brother". Get Surrey. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Conor Gallagher". Chelsea F.C.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Cawley, Richard (20 September 2019). "Exclusive interview with Chelsea midfield prospect Conor Gallagher and his thoughts on Charlton loan move". London News Online.
  8. ^ a b "Conor Gallagher: Charlton Athletic sign Chelsea midfielder on loan". BBC Sport. 2 August 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Stevens, Rob (20 September 2019). "Conor Gallagher: Chelsea youngster on 'idol' Frank Lampard and Charlton Athletic loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Conor Gallagher wins EFL Young Player of the Month award for August". www.cafc.co.uk. 20 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Conor Gallagher trains with Chelsea after recall from Charlton loan". Sky Sports. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Swansea City seal Conor Gallagher loan signing". Swansea City A.F.C. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Conor Gallagher: Swansea City sign Chelsea midfielder on loan". Swansea City A.F.C. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  14. ^ Mitchelmore, Ian (4 July 2020). "Chelsea's Conor Gallagher transfer decision explained". walesonline.
  15. ^ "Gallagher signs new deal and completes Premier League loan". Chelsea F.C. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  16. ^ "West Brom sign Chelsea's Gallagher on loan". BBC Sport. 18 September 2020.
  17. ^ "West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Sheffield United: Baggies move out of relegation zone with win". BBC Sport. 28 November 2020. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  18. ^ "Conor Gallagher joins Palace on loan – News". Crystal Palace F.C. 30 July 2021. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  19. ^ "Chelsea's Gallagher joins Palace on loan". BBC Sport. 30 July 2021.
  20. ^ "Gallagher rescues point for Palace at West Ham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  21. ^ Dean, Sam (5 November 2021). "Fourth loan lucky: Conor Gallagher has become one of the Premier League's most vibrant talents" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  22. ^ "Leeds says homophobic chant 'unacceptable'". BBC Sport. 1 December 2021.
  23. ^ "What does future hold for Gallagher?". BBC Sport. 12 December 2021.
  24. ^ "Tuchel apologises to Gallagher for FA Cup block" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  25. ^ "Seven facts about Albion's seventh signing Conor Gallagher". West Bromwich Albion. 18 September 2020.
  26. ^ "Sam Surridge, Ben Wilmot, and Conor Gallagher called into England U21s squad". The FA. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  27. ^ "Goals from Eddie Nketiah and Sam Surridge cancelled out as Young Lions tie in Maribor". The FA. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  28. ^ "Gallagher called up as five miss out". BBC Sport. 14 November 2021.
  29. ^ "Conor Gallagher makes senior England debut in San Marino romp - News". Crystal Palace F.C. 15 November 2021.
  30. ^ "Conor Gallagher 'like Parlour and Lampard' says Patrick Vieira as Chelsea loanee shines at Crystal Palace". Evening Standard. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  31. ^ "C. Gallagher: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  32. ^ a b c "Games played by Conor Gallagher in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Conor Gallagher in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  34. ^ a b "Games played by Conor Gallagher in 2021/2022". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  35. ^ Hafez, Shamoon (17 January 2019). "England's U17 World Cup winners – where are they now?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  36. ^ "Callum Hudson-Odoi wins Young Player of the Year and Conor Gallagher picks up Academy prize". Chelsea F.C. 10 May 2019.
  37. ^ "Conor Gallagher Wins Crystal Palace Player of the Season 2021/22". Crystal Palace F.C. 10 May 2022. Retrieved 10 May 2022.