Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher was a ‘different class’ against Tottenham, and has been singled out as one player to watch this season.
Gallagher is still owned by parent club Chelsea, but is spending this season on loan at Palace having failed to make a first-team appearance for the Blues.
Gallagher had reason to celebrate after an excellent performance against Spurs[/caption]
The 21-year-old made his Premier League breakthrough on loan with West Brom in 2019/20, but appears to have stepped things up this season at Selhurst Park.
The England youth team international scored both goals in Palace’s 2-2 draw with West Ham in the third game of the season before again being a key figure in Patrick Vieira’s first win as manager at the weekend, beating Tottenham 3-0.
talkSPORT pundit and former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara was just as impressed as anyone, saying: “I thought Conor Gallagher was absolutely a different class.
“I watched him at Charlton, and then he went to Swansea and he was in and out of it a little bit and then he was at West Brom last season and he was good, but watching him for Palace it looks like he’s gone to another level again.”
Gallagher was just one of a big number of signings made by Vieira this summer as the Eagles saw a huge squad turnover following Roy Hodgson’s departure.
The likes of Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi and Michael Olise have all arrived, but Gallagher has so far stood out the most.
Winning a penalty for Wilfred Zaha to open the scoring in the weekend’s 3-0 win, Gallagher later assisted the second goal from new signing Odsonne Edouard, with an excellent pass.
“He was absolutely fantastic,” O’Hara said.
“I really enjoyed watching him play, good on the ball, and saw passes before other people.
“That peripheral vision, the pass for Eduoard’s second goal, he knew he was there, he didn’t even have to look, so that’s the sign of a top player, fair play to him he’s definitely one to watch.”