By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

3rd Jul, 2022 | 12:10pm

Sky Sports pundit names Conor Gallagher as ideal Everton loanee as Frank Lampard eyes Chelsea

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Conor Gallagher would be the “ideal one” for Everton from a selection of Chelsea players Frank Lampard is after on loan, says Kevin Campbell.

The Toffees boss is widely expected to use his connections at Stamford Bridge in the transfer market this summer, with talkSPORT reporting on May 22 that the young England midfielder was one man he is interested in, something Ryan Taylor in the Express has since backed up while reporting interest in both Levi Colwill and Billy Gilmour.

Since loan rules stipulate that only one player can be loaned between the same clubs in the top flight it will be necessary for Lampard to choose wisely, but as far as Sky Sports pundit Campbell is concerned it is an easy decision as to who should be the top choice.

“I think Gallagher’s got the energy that I think will suit Everton,” he exclusively told Goodison News.

“Billy Gilmour is a quality young player, very good, I like him.

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“But out of the two I think suited to Everton, and the way the style is and the way the fans are, I think Gallagher will be the ideal one.

“I like Colwill, I really do, and I think that could be something good as well but if we’re talking about midfield and fixing it, someone who could get in there and really make a difference, I think Gallagher’s proven at Crystal Palace. 

“And now he’s an England international. I know Billy Gilmour’s a Scottish international but Gallagher’s a really good player.”

The 22-year-old Gallagher was a revelation on loan at Crystal Palace in 2021/22 and if he could replicate that for a campaign at Goodison would be a massive boost for the club.

He was so successful however that it may not turn out to be an option as Thomas Tuchel is thought to be considering him for a first-team role at Stamford Bridge.

Should things change Lampard is sure to be one of the first in line to pick him up, although both the other options would likely bring something to the table if he is forced to settle for an alternative option.