Chelsea can repeat Liverpool's Luis Diaz transfer plan with Tuchel's £19m Mason Mount heir


Conor Gallagher has already done enough to prove he belongs in Thomas Tuchel's first-team plans next season. The 22-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace, has thrived in the Premier League this season for the Eagles.

Seven Premier League goals in 21 appearances have helped him gain admirers and created an expectation that Chelsea and Tuchel are willing to see talent blossom at Stamford Bridge rather than somewhere else. The German's own highly complementary views on the Cobham graduate detail as much when he's been asked about Gallagher's development in south London.

"We love Conor. We are convinced about him," was Tuchel's latest remarks when asked in December. "We took the decision for Conor because when we looked at the midfield - Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, N'Golo Kante - he was considered number four in the group. "Conor knew this all the way. An opportunity came up where he could clearly see more minutes and more responsibility."

Tuchel has also praised his energy and work rate, two things that are essential to his system. Gallagher's return gives Chelsea a chance to replicate one of their rivals transfer strategies. Liverpool have proven to be a club with good forward planning and the ability to mould a competent squad that suits Jurgen Klopp's style of play.

The signing of Luis Diaz from Porto in January proved this once more as the Merseyside club look beyond their current attacking lineup, or aim to widen their current options. Given their track record with players, there will be a plan for Diaz under Klopp and how he will be integrated into their clear systems.

 The same should be the case with Gallagher at Chelsea. A priceless solution who offers not only a clear goal threat the Blues have lacked but someone who fits a similar set of skills to one of Tuchel's most vital players – Mason Mount.

Mount has proven that he does not need to play in his favourite position to be highly effective. Moving from an eight in Frank Lampard's system to higher up the pitch for Tuchel, the English star soon repeated his influence under a new coach.

 Although Gallagher's current role under Patrick Vieira is an attacking eight in a 4-3-3, Chelsea not playing a similar system should not halt his return.

Like a lot of talent that comes through Cobham, there is a versatility to Chelsea's youngsters. Something the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Trevoh Chalobah have all shown this season.

 In a 3-4-2-1, there is nothing to stop Gallagher from filling in as one of the inverted wingers behind Lukaku or dropping deeper into a pivot if needed. Gallagher as a midfielder who has an eye for a goal is something Chelsea have greatly lacked from the centre of the pitch since Frank Lampard's departure in 2014.

Although Jorginho is Chelsea's main penalty taker and is already up to nine for the season. From open play, only Mateo Kovacic and N'Golo Kante have scored from the players who Tuchel usually fields in a central midfield pivot. And between them, that only adds up to four goals, three behind Gallagher's league return this season.

Rated at £19 million by Transfermarkt and even higher probably by Marina Granovskaia, it would be foolish to allow a gem like Gallagher slip through our fingers.

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