Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has revealed the strengths of his game whilst marking areas that need improving following his return to pre-season training.
The 21-year-old is doing pre-season at Chelsea after last season’s successful loan with West Brom.
After returning to pre-season after a stellar 2020/21 campaign, Gallagher will look to impress Thomas Tuchel on the Blues’ pre-season tour in Ireland.
“I think of myself as an all-round midfielder,” he told chelseafc.com. “I like to play box to box and just be busy on the pitch, try to create chances and do my defensive work as well. said Gallagher, as quoted by Chelsea’s official website.
“I feel like I can play anywhere in midfield, whether it’s deeper or further forward. I’m happy to do whatever and I’m good enough to do that.”
However, being a player who is often harsh with himself and looks to work on and develop key areas of his all-round game, the Cobham graduate is keen on improving the defensive side of his game.
He added: “I know defensive intelligence is something that I can improve on so I’ve been working on that last season and now during preseason. I’ve been told I need to get better at that so I’m focusing on it.
“I’m only 21 so I feel like I’ve gained a lot of experience already and developed a lot as a player. It’s still just the start because I’m nowhere near where I want to be. I know I can go even further.”
Gallagher spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, where he put in a number of impressive performances, establishing himself as one of the most talented players in the West Brom dressing room last term.