Chelsea have a new Frank Lampard in huge £25.5m talent who is ‘a manager’s dream’

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Chelsea’s youth academy is arguably one of the best in the world, with the Blues having produced the likes of Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Mason Mount, Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi in recent years. But one more – Conor Gallagher – has recently shot his way to stardom recently, earning comparisons with Frank Lampard amongst others.

Gallagher, 21, has been at Chelsea since the age of eight years old having been born in nearby Epsom.

The youngster starred for Charlton and Swansea in the 2019/20 season, and his exploits in the second tier resulted in him signing a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Gallagher attained his first experience of Premier League football on loan at West Brom last season, impressing thoroughly despite the Baggies’ relegation.

But his continued good form at Palace this season has really catapulted him into the limelight.

So much so that a recent report from the CIES Football Observatory valued him at just over £25.5million, tempting Palace fans to set up a GoFundMe for his permanent services.

And his temporary boss Vieira has lauded the Englishman – believing he is a mixture of Ray Parlour and Blues legend Lampard.

“Conor has this passion for the game when he is on the field like a Ray Parlour, but I would say he has maybe the quality finishing of a Frank Lampard,” the Palace boss told the Evening Standard.

“It is a manager’s dream to have a player like Conor because when he is on the field, he will give everything.

“He is focused, concentrated and will always give his best. This is something that for me is really important.

“I believe there were so many clubs around him and he made the right decision because he is playing.

“He is playing well and I think he is surrounded by people in this football club who look after him really well, that give him the confidence to express himself.”

Palace currently sit 13th in the table having accrued 19 points from 16 games.

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With crunch fixtures across the festive period with Norwich, Watford and Tottenham to play before the end of the year, Vieira will be hoping his side will be able to climb into the top-half.

And the Eagles may even look to push for European football for the first time since 1998, where they lost to Turkish outfit Samsunspor in the now-defunct Intertoto Cup.

Palace take on Southampton on Wednesday evening.

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