Steven Gerrard should do all in his power to try and lure Conor Gallagher from Chelsea to Aston Villa.
Pete O’Rourke had recently touted the midfielder with a move to the Midlands and claimed that it would “definitely be a huge signing for Villa” should they manage to pull it off.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a fine 2021/22 season whilst on loan at Crystal Palace, racking up 11 goal contributions across his 34 league appearances.
His ability to excel for a Palace side who finished 12th suggests that he could help propel Villa up the table should they fork out the reported £50m asking price for him.
Furthermore, he could strike up a formidable partnership in midfield with John McGinn. The two would offer a perfect blend of creativity, hard work and tough tackling to cause problems for any opposition midfield.
Last season, the Scotsman managed seven goal contributions as his team finished a disappointing 14th. However, with a number of summer additions and a full pre-season under Steven Gerrard, there is promise surrounding Aston Villa.
It is this promise which could tempt Gallagher, who would slot right into the three-man midfield.
Last season, the England international ranked in the 93rd percentile for pressures per 90 minutes among midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues, outlining his willingness to do the dirty work.
The thought of him lining up alongside McGinn, who averaged 16.31 pressures alongside sitting in the 85th percentile for tackles per 90, paints the picture of a balanced midfield which only needs one complementary addition to perfect it.
Summer signing Boubacar Kamara could be that man, and Gerrard could have one incredible midfield on his hands.
Would Conor Gallagher be a good signing for Aston Villa?
Gallagher was lauded for his performances last season, being labelled “unreal” by Mark Duffy and “unbelievable by Nizaar Kinsella. Journalists, pundits, players and staff all recognised his qualities, and he would represent an amazing coup for Villa.
In terms of SofaScore ratings, both McGinn and Gallagher boast similarly impressive scores. The former enjoyed a fine personal season and recorded a 7.29 average rating, while Gallagher managed a 7.08 rating. With these two paired in midfield, Villa would ne virtually guaranteed a high level of consistency and unparalleled graft.
It’s easy to imagine that these two would work perfectly together in midfield, and despite the astronomical price tag on the Chelsea gem, the added goals and graft from the centre of the park alongside McGinn’s consistency could be the difference which propels Gerrard’s side up the table in 2022/23.
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