Chelsea warned against strange Conor Gallagher decision amid transfer caution for Marc Cucurella
Wayne Bridge says he would be “shocked” if Conor Gallagher was sold by Todd Boehly given his performances for Chelsea this season.
The midfielder wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and football.london understands that there has been no sign yet that the England star will leave this month. Mauricio Pochettino is keen on keeping Gallagher although admitted last week that an exit for any player is not impossible.
Speculation around the 23-year-old’s future continues to circle with the likes of Tottenham linked with a surprise move amid Boehly’s continual player turnover. Speaking to football.london, Bridge said Chelsea would be losing a future leader if Gallagher is moved on.
“I think it would be really strange if he goes, he’s been one of our better players,” the former Three Lions defender said. “I’m sure I’ve heard Poch say he doesn’t want him to go. Him with Cole Palmer and Thiago [Silva], who is obviously a leader, I can see the other two maybe being a proper leader in the future.”
Bridge added: “I think fans would be fuming if he went. It’s good to have British players in the team who have come through the academy. When I first went to Chelsea, there were a lot of British players who got signed.
“I’m not saying they all have to be British but it’s good to have a core there. It helps because they know what the Premier League is all about and I like to think they’ve always got that fight and spirit as well within us.
“I think if he did go, I’d be totally shocked but even Mason Mount leaving to Man United, I was shocked by that and how that unfolded so I guess you never know. But I can’t see Chelsea wanting to let him go. It’d be a very strange decision.”
Meanwhile, questions remain over plans at left-back. Ben Chilwell is nearing a return following a hamstring injury in what will be a real boost for the Blues.
In the meantime, Pochettino has preferred to play Levi Colwill in the position, as opposed to natural left-back Marc Cucurella. Bridge says the Spaniard’s future at Chelsea is on the line having failed to excite in his 12 appearances this season and believes transfer reinforcement is needed, which could mean even less game time for the player.
“You look at the left-back scenario, they probably wish they had some of the players they sold back right now,” Bridge said. “Chillwell is injured and is obviously the best and Colwill steps in and does alright but he’s more of a centre-back.”
Asked whether a new body needs to be brought in to bolster ranks in the position, Bridge added: “Yeah definitely, they need somebody. Cucurella, he’s come in and hasn’t done great, he’s been alright.
“It’s hard but how much time do you give a player? As a manager you’re looking at that and thinking hopefully one of them is going to come good.
“It’s really tough, when a player comes into a club looking at the way Cucurella was playing at Brighton, it is so different. Even I noticed the difference from Southampton to Chelsea, every team can be different.
“It can take a while to adjust sometimes but you would have liked to think he would have adjusted a bit better by now.”