Before deciding on Conor Gallagher’s new contract, Chelsea reportedly wants to see how Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia perform. Once the two summer additions are fully recovered, the Blues will assess how they fit into their lineup.
Lavia and Nkunku have not yet made their Chelsea first-team debuts. Nkunku, a top player from France, joined from RB Leipzig in the summer for a £52 million transfer.
Before the new season began, he made one appearance in the preseason before sustaining a knee injury that needed surgery. Lavia, who arrived with a muscular issue, joined Chelsea from Southampton in the Championship later in the transfer window.
The £58 million midfield player’s ankle injury in September threw him back in his rehabilitation and has kept him out of action ever since. Gallagher gained from Mauricio Pochettino having to step in to cover their vacuum.
This season, the England international has started every Premier League game and captained the Blues on a few occasions. His contract is out in the summer of 2025, thus a decision on his future must be made soon.
However, Si Phillips Talks Chelsea says that won’t occur for some time. According to the source, Chelsea is waiting on Nkunku and Lavia to get healthy again.
When they do, Pochettino will know more about his ideal starting lineup. Lavia is a more defensively inclined player, whereas Nkunku is an offensive midfielder who can play up front.
Gallagher has received recognition for his performances this term and is capable of carrying out both tasks. However, the report claims that the 23-year-old’s contract negotiations have not progressed.
Speaking last month, Pochettino stated that while he was pleased with Gallagher, new contract negotiations needed to be conducted with all sides in agreement. “You have to first see how they feel about the intentions of either side, in this case the player and the club,” he stated. It’s all about having fun together.
“He’s a player who is excelling greatly. He is a fantastic player, and we are really pleased with his performance.”