JOE COLE believes Conor Gallagher will break into the Chelsea first team next season and potentially make England's 2022 World Cup squad.
Gareth Southgate called up Gallagher, 21, for the first time earlier this month after a stunning start to the season on loan at Crystal Palace.
The Blues midfielder has previously had loans at Charlton, Swansea and West Brom, but Cole believes the time has come for him to stay at Chelsea once his spell with the Eagles is over.
Speaking to Coral bookmakers, Cole gushed: "I've worked with Conor Gallagher and he is such a talented footballer. He has got it all.
"He can play box-to-box, like he is at Palace and where I think his best position is, but he can also play number eight or number ten with his back to goal.
"Chelsea won't sell him. I see him in that similar role to Kovacic at Chelsea but with the ability to score more goals than Kovacic.
"They will take him back at the end of the season and he will be playing in the first team. He's got a great chance of playing for England at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar."
Former winger Cole also went on to say the Blues won't make the same mistake they did with Declan Rice in letting Gallagher leave the club permanently.
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He continued: "Chelsea had Declan Rice at a young age and made the decision that he wouldn't develop physically enough and let him go.
"He has gone on to become an unreal footballer at West Ham now and they won't take less than £100million for him. Gallagher could go the same way."
Gallagher was a late call-up for England's internationals earlier this month in place of clubmate Mason Mount.
And he did his chances of a World Cup call-up no harm during the 10-0 mauling against San Marino.
He came on as a half time substitute to make his debut, and impressed in his first 45 minutes for the Three Lions.
Gallagher has scored four goals and provided three assists in just 11 Premier League games for Patrick Vieira's side this campaign.
But he is yet to make a professional appearance for Chelsea after joining the club at just eight-years-old.
He was part of Maurizio Sarri's 12-man bench for the Europa League final in 2019 – but that remains his only appearance in a Chelsea matchday squad to date.
However he is insistent that he is not just playing at Crystal Palace to put himself in 'the shop window'.
The youngster still dreams of breaking into Thomas Tuchel's first team at Stamford Bridge.
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