Lee Bowyer has been left ‘disappointed’ after Chelsea decided to recall Rangers linked midfielder Conor Gallagher from a season-long loan at Charlton Athletic.
The Addicks confirmed the Premier League club’s decision on Tuesday afternoon in a press release that included comments from the club’s manager.
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
“I’m disappointed,” Bowyer told cafc.co.uk. “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.”
“He’s been a credit and a pleasure to work with. He’s come in and put his body on the line every single day. He’s scored us goals and helped us win games.
“For someone so young, he’s a great talent to work with and I wish him all the best for his future. He’s come in, learnt and he’s going back a better player than we received and that’s what our job is – to improve players.”
The decision has clearly come as a shock to the Charlton boss, who back in August, thought he’d landed Gallagher for the duration of the 2019/20 season.
It’s an unusual move from Chelsea, particularly as according to a Football London report, they don’t intend on drafting him into the first-team squad, but instead, want to send him on a different loan assignment.
Championship clubs like QPR and West Brom have been linked with a swoop in the same report, but it would seem nonsensical to recall Gallagher only to send him back to the same league. Therefore, at this stage, Rangers look to be well-placed to land the 19-year-old.
If a move to Ibrox did happen, Bowyer’s disappointment may turn to rage. The Charlton boss bitterly slammed Joe Aribo’s decision to join the Gers in the summer, claiming that he wouldn’t develop his game in Scotland [Daily Record]
Should he lose two players to Steven Gerrard’s side in the space of six months, it could provoke a meltdown.
Gallagher made 25 league appearances for the Addicks, scoring six goals and registering three assists.