The 2019/2020 football season is suspended and could well be cancelled, putting the footballing world in the bizarre position of looking forward to the start of the next campaign in September, while it’s still March.
One player who will be frustrated to see their progress interrupted is Conor Gallagher. The midfield has had an astronomical 12 months, going from breakout academy star this time a year ago, via a goal-filled 6 months at Charlton Athletic, to Swansea City, where he was seeing out the rest of the Championship season turning heads with consistently impressive performances.
His next step will be an interesting one – the midfielder has been linked in the tabloids with loan moves next season. Vitesse Arnhem and Burnley are two of the sides mentioned in connection with the 20 year old, and each has its benefits.
We saw Mason Mount thrive at Vitesse Arnhem two seasons ago, and Gallagher would certainly be assured of a lot more playing time in Holland.
But it’s significant that from there, Mount then went to Derby in the Championship. Gallagher has proved this season that he’s already at that level, and should be looking to push on again come the Autumn.
Burnley will be a tough nut to crack. Sean Dyche carries no passengers in his XI, and takes no prisoners with his squad. But that style might just suit all-action Conor, who has already been thriving in the physical environment of the second tier.
He’s scored 6 goals and picked up a ridiculous 7 assists this season already, and it’s a true pity he won’t get to play the rest of it out and continue improving those numbers.
Defensively he does his bit too, averaging almost two tackles and two fouls a game playing for two sides who are often on the back foot in games.
If Burnley manage to stay up they will be looking for a bit of quality and goal threat from midfield in the summer. Gallagher could bring that, as well as the hard running and determined attitude that Dyche demands.
If the clarets can stay up, it could be a match made in heaven. It would be the ideal platform to show Frank Lampard he’s good enough for Chelsea, and one can imagine him turning up for preseason in the summer of 2021 with 30+ Premier League starts under his belt at the age of 21, looking ready to slot into the first team reckoning.