Alan Curbishley says Conor Gallagher could be the next big time at Chelsea after a season which has seen Billy Gilmour also making a breakthrough.
“You saw Billy Gilmour [recently] and there are some good players coming through at Chelsea," Curbishley told Goal at the London Football Awards. "He needs to be playing, Gallagher has shown that this season that playing regular football has helped him enormously.
"He can play for Chelsea for sure in the future. He has got box-to-box energy, can find a pass and score a goal. He is a team player and a good lad as well, as I understand it, which helps."
However, Curbishley went on to express his disappointment at Gallagher playing at Swansea saying it was not necessary for his development
"I was a bit surprised by that and I think they were as well," he added. "I saw him a couple of times. I didn’t quite see why he made the move to be honest.
"If Swansea were in the top three or top two then fine but he was playing really well, living at home and that’s a big thing. These things happen and I think he is a good player."