In the forthcoming transfer window, Gabby Agbonlahor has urged Chelsea to trade Mykhailo Mudryk rather than Conor Gallagher. The 23-year-old midfielder was strongly linked to leaving Stamford Bridge during the summer, but since Mauricio Pochettino took over, he has established himself as a vital member of the Blues starting lineup.
With barely 18 months left on his west London deal, Gallagher has made 15 Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season, contributing four assists. The challenging responsibility of stepping into Christopher Nkunku’s shoes fell to the Cobham graduate after he suffered an injury during the preseason.
Gallagher hasn’t been able to contribute as much in front of goal as the former RB Leipzig striker, but he has performed well and frequently set an example for others with his tireless pressing. The England international’s future is becoming more and more uncertain as January approaches because he hasn’t signed an agreement.
Agbonlahor stated on talkSPORT that allowing Gallagher to go would be a “silly” error. “It’s very, very silly,” remarked the former striker for Aston Villa. Mudryk can’t run with the ball, so let him go.
“Galloway is an excellent player in my opinion, but three goals in 50 games is not good enough. Conor Gallagher of Crystal Palace, who has eight goals in 34 games, is the player you want to watch. I would keep him if he could get that form again, and Mudryk could go.”
It’s unclear if Gallagher will depart Chelsea over the holidays, but if he does, Todd Boehly will want to know that the CIES Football Observatory presently values him at £51.6 million. If the Blues sold an academy player, whose sale went down as direct profit, that would be a severe blow to their aspirations of avoiding infringements on Financial Fair Play.
After Chelsea’s weekend loss to Everton, manager Mauricio Pochettino hinted that he would try to acquire a new midfield player in January. The manager of the Blues stated: “I think it’s one thing, what occurs is little by little to change the mentality, to combat expectation and reality. That’s before we talk about performance or system or everything else.
“Chelsea always expects to win the Premier League, and that is what happens in reality. The expectations are enormous. The group is still fighting for various situations. Sometimes it’s good to face reality and fight for what’s right. We must act with greater ruthlessness if we hope to succeed.
“Our reality is not that we will win games because we are Chelsea or because we play well and deserve it. Being hard on ourselves is just as important as playing well if we want to advance. The player must push himself in addition to us pushing them.
“After that, a thorough evaluation covering the entire season—from opening day to present—is conducted. We’ll see what we can accomplish when the transfer window opens. I won’t suggest that I need to request more or fewer players; rather, I want to know if my perception and actuality line up.
We are lacking something in the centre, so are we dealing with expectation here or actuality here? That is the way things are; perhaps we should make our reality better.”