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Media Watch: Midfielder in BBC team of the week, Chelsea duo praised by pundits, two clubs interested in Conor Gallagher loan

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, there is plenty of praise for Chelsea’s players after the excellent performance against Everton on Sunday and speculation is already heating up on where Conor Gallagher could be playing next season.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Mount gets team of the week recognition

Mason Mount’s goal-scoring performance in the thumping of Everton on Sunday was noted by BBC analyst Garth Crooks when he included the midfielder in his team of the week.

The 21-year-old had not scored for Chelsea in 19 games but he ended his personal drought in fine fashion with a shot on the turn after 14 minutes to open the scoring and put in a dynamic performance as the Blues dominated the Toffees.

‘One player who is destined for the highest level is Mason Mount,’ said Crooks.

‘This Chelsea starlet has been groomed for the top by Frank Lampard and his performance against a poor Everton was emphatic.

‘There is a lot of hype surrounding the performance of young Billy Gilmour, who is extremely promising, but Mount is turning promise into goals and victories.’


Gilmour makes big impression on Keane

Speaking on Sky Sports after Sunday’s game, former Manchester United and Ireland captain Roy Keane was full of praise for Billy Gilmour, saying the young Scot ‘makes the game look easy’.

Ahead of the match, Keane talked about how Gilmour had impressed him in our FA Cup win over Liverpool with his quality on the ball, football intelligence and composure, but he warned the teenager had ‘to back it up’ in subsequent games.

However, the former United hard man was suitably impressed by what he saw of the youngster against Everton.

‘He backed it up. We said it’d be a test for him because sometimes you get the plaudits in the first game or two but he’s got to now do it week-in, week-out,’ said Keane.

‘He makes the game look easy, looks forward, he’s always swivelling, looking over the shoulder, very positive with his passing.

‘Seems a nice kid, maybe that’ll change when he gets success, but really nice. I bet he’s thinking, “What’s the fuss around?” He makes it look very, very easy.’


Giroud receives plaudits from Shearer

On BBC’s Match of the Day 2, Alan Shearer had plenty of good things to say about Olivier Giroud and the way he bossed the Everton defence on Sunday.

‘He led the line superbly well,’ said the former England striker, as reported by the Daily Express.

‘He bullied the two centre-halves in [Mason] Holgate and [Michael] Keane. They never got near him at all. It helps when they stand four or five yards off you, which was a constant all afternoon.

‘His link-up play gave his team fantastic options, bringing other players into the game when they were feeding that ball into him.

‘Absolutely fantastic, he led the line with such aggression, he was superb.’


Gallagher wanted by two clubs

According to the Sun, Conor Gallagher has drawn interest from Vitesse Arnhem and Burnley, who are keen to take the 20-year-old on loan from Chelsea next season.

Gallagher has impressed in his loan spells at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City this season leading to speculation on where he could be playing in the next campaign.

‘Vitesse watched him last week and would like to have Gallagher in their ranks for a year, aided by their relationship with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy,’ stated the paper.

‘Burnley are also keen on Gallagher if he becomes available but the Premier League side would have to give him guaranteed game time.

‘Gallagher has bagged six goals over his two loan spells this season, with Blues boss Frank Lampard keeping tabs on his progress.

‘And Charlton boss Lee Bowyer admitted the club have desperately missed Gallagher since he left for the Swans.’
 

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