Mark Schwarzer has advised Chelsea to avoid selling Conor Gallagher before the end of the January transfer season.
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Gallagher started on the bench for the second leg of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening, but came on as a second-half substitute as Mauricio Pochettino’s team won 6-1 to advance to the final at Wembley next month.
Former Chelsea custodian Schwarzer believes Pochettino’s team would suffer a ‘huge hit’ if they sold Gallagher, who has been linked with Tottenham.
Schwarzer spoke to Sky Sports following Chelsea’s win against Middlesbrough about the importance of keeping Gallagher, saying: “I think even more now because of the amount of changes that Chelsea have had at this club.”
You want to maintain that relationship with the supporters. When things aren’t going so well, you want to have players that are true Chelsea fans.
‘Mason Mount was another one – I know it hasn’t worked out for him yet at Manchester United – but it would’ve been amazing for me personally to see him stay here because I believe he would have been a key player at this club, but finances and laws prevented that.
‘I don’t think they have somebody who can play the way Conor Gallagher can, and it would be a major setback to them. But, sadly, I believe that some of these decisions are beyond their control as a result of judgements made in the previous 12 to 18 months.
Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who has tutored Gallagher for England’s national team, has also encouraged the club not to sell the midfielder before next week’s transfer deadline.
‘He’s a Chelsea fan, loves the club; I don’t think he wants to leave, and I wouldn’t want to see him leave.’ Hasselbaink explained.
‘I agree; the way he trains with England is the same as it is with Chelsea; you always know what you’re going to get from him.
‘I expected him not to play tonight because Chelsea wanted to be more attacking, but I believe they are also preserving him for Friday.
‘I just hope he doesn’t leave. I understand FFP, the regulations, and all that comes with it, but I genuinely want him to stay.
‘I believe it is important for fans to have someone to relate to as they progress through the ranks. I wouldn’t want to see him leave.