Chelsea have taken the decision to recall Conor Gallagher from his loan spell with Charlton Athletic, as reported on the Addicks’ official channels.
The announcement included a statement from Lee Bowyer, which includes him saying: “I’m disappointed. I didn’t see this coming if I’m honest which makes it harder to take. At the end of the day, though, we have to move on.”
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The 19-year-old was meant to stay with the club until the end of the season, but has gone back having scored six goals and provided two assists in 25 Championship starts and one substitute appearance.
The club can confirm that Conor Gallagher has been recalled from his season-long loan by his parent club @ChelseaFC
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) January 14, 2020
He had become an integral part of the Charlton team, with his impact across the pitch being hinted at by his average of 2 tackles, 0.8 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per Championship game.
Considering how much he was excelling at the Valley, many Charlton fans were confused about the fact that Chelsea decided to recall him.
One fan claimed that their stance makes “no sense at all”, while another “can’t see any reason why” the Blues would opt to do this.
— Benno Lindblom (@swedeaddick) January 14, 2020
Doesn’t make NO SENSE at alllllllll, so weird.
We deserve compensation. He was a season long loan & developing perfectly with Charlton..
But a great player, amazing player & I personally wish Conor all the best & I know he believe Charlton was the right place
— Azz2K🦧 (@Azz2K_) January 14, 2020
Absolutely no need to recall him, especially now they have the ban of buying lifted, can’t see any reason why a parent club would move a player who is settled, getting plenty of quality competitive game time and who is playing well, to unsettle him at this stage is ridiculous
— Phil Watson (@Mollynancy12) January 14, 2020
Some fans are even demanding an explanation from Chelsea due to how confused they are by their stance.
The consensus seems to be that they would like to have one from the Premier League outfit “because this is really jeopardising our season”.
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Gallagher’s departure will definitely leave a void in Bowyer’s team that will need to be filled in some way, and Addicks supporters want to know why things have played out this way.
Can someone please explain to me why this has happened?
Chelsea, Charlton or Gallagher?
Would be nice if we had a proper explanation because this is really jeopardising our season
— ryan tait (@Turkishcypriot8) January 14, 2020
No explanation as to why now and not at the end of the season?? Appreciate Chelski don’t need to give one, but explanation would be nice…Excellent player, wish him all the best
Update on Bowyer contract would also be good….
— Matt Taylor (@llezx3addick) January 14, 2020
Still no explanation from @ChelseaFC as to why they cut the loan short ? If it’s to send him to another championship club then that’s really bad from a club as big as Chelsea.
— John Taylor (@JDT147) January 14, 2020
It is what it is he was never ours anyway. An explanation from Chelsea would be homer able
— Don Walters (@donnyfatfingers) January 14, 2020