Thomas Tuchel has been warned by England manager Gareth Southgate over a “dangerous” midfield problem the Blues boss could encounter next season
Southgate hinted the Blues could well find themselves in that predicament next season if Gallagher put in one radiant display at Wembleyreturns from his loan at crystal palace because both are attacking players.
“We think Mount and Gallagher are very good at pressing and are two attacking 8s,” England coach Sky Sports said after the game. “But we know that this system can make you a little prone to switching to the opposing full-back and the Swiss managed that very well – that’s why we made the change of form in the second half.
“But we had an idea of what we wanted to do and while we’d love to have Bukayo Saka and some of the other full-backs there to watch it, I still think it was worth seeing.” While Mount struggled to get into the game, his 22-year-old team-mate – who has impressed at Palace that campaign – stole the show and asserted his claim to a place at Southgate World Championship squad.
In preparation for the tournament in Qatar later this year, the 51-year-old added: “He’s contagious, isn’t he? I think he can set the tone for the rest of the team, we see that every week at his club. He pushes hard, some players get close and don’t really win the ball.
“He goes and he hits and turns around a lot of the ball. In the first half that was important. We actually didn’t use that ball well enough. We had three or four moments in attacking transitions where we had a better pass or a better decision, we should have capitalized before we scored the first goal.”
Jamie Redknapp joined Southgate in praising Gallagher helping Luke Shaw to equalize beforehand Harry Kane ‘s penalty completed a comeback afterwards Breel Embolo ‘s surprise opener. “He looked at home tonight,” the former Liverpool said midfielder.
“He looked really good with his energy and that assist. His star went up today. He showed he can play at this level. He’ll be a proud boy in the dressing room. I thought he didn’t do himself any harm . He gave Gareth Southgate was a nice problem and I was very impressed with him.”
Ex-Chelsea and England midfielder Karen Carney Next praised the Chelsea loanee, who earned his second cap in a game that extended the Three Lions’ unbeaten streak to eight, adding: “Gallagher reads situations so well, he was brilliant tonight and I thought he would be England’s best player.”
Tuchel has previously discussed Gallagher’s return to Stamford Bridge next season but has refused to reveal his plans for the youngster. “It’s too early to talk about it publicly before we talk to Conor himself and his goals,” said the German tactician in November.
“That will happen in the summer as we all agreed on the decision to send him to Palace. He saw an opportunity for him. I’m not surprised that the national coach loves him because I’ve loved him from day one. Modest, nice.” , smiling and ready to give everything all the time, wanting to learn and improve.
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“As a teammate, I would have loved to play with him. It’s a pleasure to know him; I’m super happy that it worked out so well. He has to keep his feet on the ground.” Patrick ViiraGallagher’s boss at Selhurst Park is keen to keep him around if that’s possible.
He speaks amid the uncertain future of his parent club following sanctions against the Blues owner Roman AbramovichThe Frenchman said: “We always say we sit down with Chelsea and Conor at the end of the season and what’s next. We know we’ll have him for a year, then he’ll go back. We do not know it. Nothing is going on – we know we have him for a year. We will work with him for the year, then he will go back.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/southgate-chelsea-gallagher-mount-tuchel-26567026 Gareth Southgate warns Chelsea of a potentially 'vulnerable' midfield problem next season