CRYSTAL PALACE’S end of season awards had a Chelsea feel to them as Conor Gallagher was named Men’s player of the season.
The midfielder has enjoyed a wonderful year under Patrick Vieira, scoring eight goals for the Eagles.
Conor Gallagher has had a brilliant season on loan at Crystal PalaceCredit: Getty
Emily Orman was named fans’ player of the year for the Crystal Palace women’s teamCredit: Getty
Another who will return to Cobham after an impressive loan spell at Palace is Emily Orman, who was named fans’ player of the year for the Palace women’s team.
The goalkeeper, 19, helped the Eagles to fourth place in the Women’s Championship, narrowly missing out on third on goal difference.
Chelsea fans will also be interested to see two former players pick up awards at Boxpark Croydon on Tuesday.
Former defender Marc Guehi, another who won his first England cap this season, was named players’ player of the year.
And youngster Jesurun Rak-Sakyi picked up the under-23 player of the year gong, two years after moving across London from Chelsea.
After collecting his award Gallagher said: “I want to thank the players and the staff as well, because they’ve been unreal. I really appreciate it, so thank you so much.
“There have been a few highlights, it’s hard to pick one. But Manchester City, that win there and scoring was an amazing feeling.”
Palace would undoubtedly love to sign Gallagher on a permanent deal in the summer but his future could lie elsewhere.
There are several clubs interested in the Gallagher with Juventus and Inter Milan reportedly sending scouts to watch the 23-year-old recently.
But Chelsea fans are keen to finally see Gallagher in action for the Blues and Thomas Tuchel may also want the youngster to be part of his plans next season.