West Ham United would have jumped at the chance to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan if the chance had presented itself.
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The reporter adds that Gallagher’s class is finally coming to prominence at Chelsea, thanks to his “great attitude.”
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Bridge said: “In the Leeds and Leicester games he was trying too hard and you could see that against Leicester when he got sent off. Against Leeds he was played out of position and part of a bad team performance all round.
“You can tell he’s got a great attitude. He didn’t want to go back on loan. A number of Premier League clubs would have taken him on loan. I think West Ham would have taken him as well.”
A Nail for the Hammers
Quite simply, Gallagher, who was on“wonderkid watch” for his exploits at Crystal Palace last season, would have been an astonishing complimentary asset to the West Ham engine room.
David Moyes is crying out for a well-rounded midfielder like the 22-year-old, with his progression in the middle of the pitch a vital component that is lacking somewhat at the London Stadium.
It’s a metric that has resulted in a lack of goals in the Premier League thus far, with the Irons’ eight goals scored this season seeing them rank as the third-worst team for this very metric.
Gallagher, having clocked up a chance creation rate of 2.1 per match, is an asset that could help to solve that issue for Moyes, whilst bolstering the defensive solidity of the side, with his average of 4.2 successful tackles per 90 ranking him top of the Chelsea squad.
For comparison, squad-topping duo Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice average a total of 1.3 tackles per game at current.
£40m Gallagher is the missing piece in the West Ham squad and would allow Moyes to be more tactically flexible in his approach, due to the 22-year-old’s well-rounded style of play.