With Conor Gallagher grabbing the Premier League headlines at the weekend we look at the statistics that demonstrate how the midfielder is impressing on loan at Crystal Palace this season.
Gallagher scored a brace against Everton to take his Premier League tally for the season to six goals. Only eight players in the entire league have now scored more than him in 2021/22, and his creative qualities are underlined by the fact he ranks ninth in the division for chances created).
Attacking with purpose and class
The 21-year-old has mostly been deployed on the right side of a midfield three by Patrick Vieira this season, although he has also operated on the left and in a no.10 role behind a central striker.
Simply put, Gallagher has been Palace’s most consistently dangerous attacking player this season. He ranks top for goals scored (six), shots on target (14), shots outside the box (13), assists (three), chances created (27) and passes played into the box (82).
In all, he has been directly involved in 41 per cent of Palace’s goals in the Premier League this season. That is the highest figure for a team by any English player so far, while his nine goal involvements are the most of anyone aged 21 or under.
In the thick of things
Gallagher’s industry and energy has also stood out. He ranks joint-sixth in the Premier League for tackles won this season (42), and he is always in the heart of the midfield battle, ranking 14th for fouls won (24) and third for fouls conceded (28) across the league.
Against Everton on Sunday, he covered 11.2 kilometres, the highest ranking of any Palace player, and nobody made more than his 20 sprints and 347 intensive runs. His heatmap and touchmap are below.
His brilliant injury-time goal, when he recovered possession and then curled a stunning shot past Jordan Pickford from the edge of the box, epitomised his fine form so far this season.