Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher “can’t complain” about the game-time he has been granted so far and “has to respond.”
What’s the word?
Jones referenced late-manager Thomas Tuchel in his statement, with the German boss said to have been showing frustrations towards the midfielder.
This came after footage emerged of Tuchel being left visibly frustrated by the 22-year-old failing to make a progressive pass during the first half of the Premier League clash against West Ham United.
Insider Jones believes that the Cobham graduate needs to respond and show that he is capable of being a key man at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said:
“He can’t complain about the game-time he has been given so far.
“He has to respond to this, show that he’s capable of playing at a club like Chelsea and actually steering them towards the top four.”
A slow start
It’s fair to say that Gallagher has endured a slow start to his maiden Chelsea career.
The heights that we witnessed last season when he was on-loan at Crystal Palace seem like a world away from this current moment.
Having been afforded 157 minutes of top-flight action in the season so far, the 22-year-old has been unable to register a solitary attacking return in what has been a “slow start” to the season, as pointed out by writer Bobby Vincent on Twitter.
The England international has also struggled to create a single big chance, but in fairness, only five Chelsea players have managed that feat so far this season, in a list that features the likes of Raheem Sterling, Reece James and Marc Cucurella.
£17k-per-week Gallagher has been active on the pitch though, more so throughout the defensive side of the game, having averaged 4.0 successful tackles per game in a Blues shirt, with that metric seeing him top the charts for that category.
It remains to be seen as to whether Gallagher will be afforded regular minutes under a new coach, amidst Tuchel’s dismissal.