Personal accolade for midfielder – merited after superb opening month at Crystal Palace

Conor Gallagher has capped off a superb start at Crystal Palace by winning their Player of the Month trophy for August.

The 21-year-old is on a season-long loan from Chelsea but was ineligible to face his parent club on the opening day of the Premier League campaign.

Gallagher got both of the Eagles’ goals as they drew 2-2 at West Ham United on August 28.

Respected stats site has the England U21 international as the second-best rated player in the top flight this season.

Gallagher was also named the club’s man of the match for their 0-0 draw against Brentford in SE25.

“I’m buzzing,” Gallagher told Palace TV after accepting the award. “It’s been a great first few games for Palace. Getting a couple of goals the other week was a great confidence boost for me.

“It’s only the start and we’re only a few games in, so I can’t say too much. I just want to continue to show what I can do and help the team as much as possible. I’m going to try my hardest to do that.

“All the boys have been fantastic that played. A number of boys could have won it, to be honest.”

Michael Olise boosted his match sharpness with a 60-minute runout for Palace’s U23s as they battered Leicester City 6-1 at the Foxes’ training ground on Monday. The home side had Lewis Brunt sent off after just three minutes.

A foot injury had kept Olise out of the opening weeks of the campaign but the summer signing made his senior debut for the Eagles in their impressive 3-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.




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