Chelsea unable to recall starlet midfield pair amid their own success


Chelsea blocked in attempts to recall starlet duo amid midfield crisis

Gallagher & Gilmour blocked from mid-season return

Premier League title-chasers Chelsea look set to be stripped of the chance to recall on-loan midfield starlets Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour.

According to The Athletic, the pair of Cobham Academy products will be unable to come home to Stamford Bridge during the January window on account of their own success at Crystal Palace and Norwich during the current 2021-22 Premier League campaign.

Both midfielders have featured on enough occasions this term under Patrick Vieira at Palace and Dean Smith at Norwich.

Gallagher has been a revelation this season at Selhurst Park under the former Arsenal midfield icon, with the 21-year-old England international bagging 6-goals and adding 3-assists across fifteen appearances in the Premier League while helping the Eagles to a mid-table position (12th) and topping the club’s goal chart.

Gilmour’s pathway to influence was a little less paved at Carrow Road with the Scottish international struggling for minutes under Daniel Farke but coming into prominence since Dean Smith arrived as his replacement, starting six matches on the spin including his start today against Aston Villa at the time of writing.

Questions in the center of the park for Chelsea

The engine room at Chelsea has come under the microscope this season under German tactician Thomas Tuchel; not for a lack of quality or poor utilization, but a lack of trusted depth in the center of the park.

Assets the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kanté, and Mateo Kovačić are highly-valued at Stamford Bridge, but the buck stops there.

Chelsea blocked in attempts to recall starlet duo amid midfield crisis

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11:Saúl Ñíguez of Chelsea FC and Jacob Ramsey of Aston Villa battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on September 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Despite Ruben Loftus-Cheek putting in credible performances at times when he’s been called upon, summer loan signing Saúl Ñiguez has been a massive disappointment given his profile, while Ross Barkley and Lewis Baker have no role under the Tuchel regime.

The need to recall one or both of Gallagher and Gilmour would have provided an in house solution for such a key position in the team, but with Chelsea unable to look to that avenue of attack to solve what ails them, there is no telling what the solution may present itself with the January window right around the corner.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 16 24 38
2 Liverpool FC 16 33 37
3 Chelsea FC 16 27 36
4 West Ham United 16 9 28
5 Manchester United 16 2 27
6 Arsenal FC 16 -1 26
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Leicester City 16 0 22
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 -2 21
10 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
12 Crystal Palace 16 0 19
13 Aston Villa 16 -4 19
14 Everton FC 16 -8 18
15 Leeds United 16 -8 16
16 Southampton FC 16 -10 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 16 -17 10
20 Norwich City 16 -24 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Raphinha Leeds United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5

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