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The pathway from the training ground pitches at Cobham to the bright lights of Stamford Bridge has never been clearer. Thomas Tuchel now needs to jettison two big money stars to clear the route for another mercurial young Chelsea talent.
Academy graduates Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Andreas Christensen all feel at home on the big stage after taking their chance.
Frank Lampard laid the groundwork for current boss Tuchel to form a Cobham core in his squad that is cherished so dearly by supporters.
Chalobah is the true Blue success story of this season and brave Tuchel can take credit for throwing the unassuming defender in at the deep end.
It was Chalobah who swam and did not sink after stepping up from impressive but not awe-inspiring loan spells at Huddersfield Town and Lorient.
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And Tuchel has shown the next generation, some of whom have debuted in recent weeks, that Chalobah’s progression is no longer quite as improbable.
But the German boss hardly has to be overly daring to introduce the latest member of the west London production line next season.
Conor Gallagher is already a Premier League star in his own right without actually lining up in the blue of Chelsea.
His selection in Alan Shearer’s top flight team of the season so far has vindicated his fourth loan spell after periods at Charlton, Swansea and West Brom.
It has been under Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace that Gallagher has truly flourished, scoring six times and soon becoming adored at Selhurst Park.
Gallagher, 21, is now a fully fledged England international, has paid his dues, and is ready to star on the biggest stage for the team he has supported since childhood.
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What makes his return from a season-long loan spell at Palace so exciting this summer is that he offers something new to Tuchel’s squad already bustling with attacking talent.
Gallagher is not an archetypal number ten in the mould of Mason Mount, but offers more flair than a metronome like Jorginho.
He is somewhat of a throwback in the number eight position, combative and tenacious off the ball but clever and clinical in possession.
That Gallagher will doubtless be promoted to Chelsea’s first-team squad is painful for Palace fans who may have had slim hopes of keeping hold of the youngster for one more campaign.
But Chelsea fans have another one of their own ready to shine at Stamford Bridge next season, and his return should prompt first-team exits.
Tuchel’s squad is brimming with midfield and offensive options and Ross Barkley and Hakim Ziyech are both dispensable rather than the future.
Barkley has made just one Premier League start all season and at 28 needs a transfer to kickstart a career revival.
Ziyech, meanwhile, has flattered to deceive since joining from Ajax and has been linked with moves to Inter Milan and Barcelona, among others.
Both players cost big money for Chelsea but are now surplus and can free up the squad space needed for Gallagher, as well as funding other transfers.
Gallagher looks destined for Stamford Bridge stardom and Tuchel can signal his intent to utilise another Cobham asset with two sales this summer.
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