“It can’t be long” before Gareth Southgate “recognizes” Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher, Adrian Durham said.
The 21-year-old is currently on loan from Chelsea and has got off to a good start to the season at Selhurst Park.
Gallagher spent the last season on loan at West Brom, where he did well, but the Baggies were sadly relegated.
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He has scored two goals and one assist in three games for Palace this season and has been instrumental in that in the 3-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.
and talkSPORT Hosts Durham believe it is only a matter of time before Southgate consider the young midfielder for their England squad.
“He was in the England Youth have long been set up and became world champions with the U17 four years ago, ”he said.
“It can’t be long, if he keeps playing like this, before Gareth Southgate recognizes he should be in the English squad. He does it week after week, whether they win or lose, he is performing without a doubt.
Durham also believes he can break in Thomas Tuchelnext season on his side.
“I can see him join Chelsea’s first team,” added Durham.
“[Mateo] Kovacic is playing right now, but there are times when he doesn’t play very well.
“Back then, Jorginho wasn’t sure if he was ready for a Ballon d’Or. N’golo Kante, everyone seems to love but he is never mentioned when Chelsea are losing or playing poorly, he is only mentioned when they are playing well and winning.
“I look at this midfield, he’s box-to-box Gallagher, sometimes he shows up as a center forward and sometimes he’s on the edge of his own penalty area.
“He can fight a duel, he can finish, he is dynamic, I think he has a lot.”
shape Spurs Midfielder Jamie O’Hara echoed Durham’s words, adding: “It looks like he’s been watching him for Palace on a different level. He was absolutely fantastic and really enjoyed watching him play”, said the talkSPORT expert.
“Good on the ball, saw passes in front of others, the pass for [Odsonne] Edouard’s second goal, he knew it was there, he didn’t even have to look, that’s the mark of a top player, he’s definitely one to watch out for.