Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher has started studying his new manager Patrick Vieira and made a dream start to his latest loan spell at Crystal Palace
Conor Gallagher has been studying videos of his new Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira for inspiration.
Fresh from scoring twice for the Eagles at the weekend, the midfielder is set to lead the charge for England U21s new look squad this week.
But he was blown away during his research as he pondered his summer switch to Palace after Vieira was appointed head coach.
Now he’s added the French legend to his list of players to model himself on, which was topped by his Chelsea hero Frank Lampard and his “crazy” midfield scoring stats.
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Gallagher linked up with Lee Carsley’s U21 squad today as their Euro 2023 campaign kicks off looking to emulate his club form and continue scoring.
He also wants to impress Carsley’s No2, Chelsea legend Ashley Cole who coaches U15s and 16s at Chelsea’s academy hoping it will help win him a route back to Stamford Bridge.
Gallagher said: “I watched videos of Vieira running past people and bullying people. I’ve obviously seen the one of him and Roy Keane in the tunnel.
“I was a couple of years too young to watch him unfortunately. From videos I saw, he was box to box, just how I like to play, so there is a lot to learn from him this season.
“I am excited with what Patrick wants to do, him as coach and the club, and I loved the sound of how he wanted me to play and go about the work.”
Gallagher has steadily elevated his career with loans at Charlton, Swansea and West Brom. After “giving it all” for Palace this season he still hopes to make a Chelsea break-though, despite the fierce competition.
Asked about his Chelsea future he said: “I am at Chelsea and for this season all I think about is Palace. I am here for a reason, to develop as a player and help Palace as much as I can. “
Gallagher, now one of the U21s senior players, added: “Frank Lampard is always someone I looked up to at Chelsea with his goals and assists… crazy numbers.
“I want to be a goal scoring midfielder. There is work to be done but a couple of goals the other day was a confidence booster.
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“I am full of confidence. Getting two goals was great for me and the confidence. I am really happy and want to continue my form for England.
Gallagher has swapped Sam Allardyce as his boss last season at West Brom for Vieira and said: “It is different but that is how it will be, different managers and different styles of play.
“I was happy with the experience I gained under Sam but I like the football Patrick wants to play and it suits and and it makes Palace a good move for me.”