Pride of London’s Chelsea Player of the Month for February 2024


In a grueling February campaign, Chelsea navigated through seven demanding fixtures, including an EFL Cup final. Across these engagements spanning three different competitions, the Blues secured victories in three encounters, shared honors in one, and suffered three defeats. Tallying 13 goals while conceding 14, CFC’s performances reflected a lack of consistency, unveiling both their potential and glaring deficiencies.

While Cole Palmer often seizes the spotlight as the orchestrator for the West Londoners, February witnessed a shift in dynamics. The midfield maestro and Cobham graduate, Conor Gallagher, emerged as the standout performer, picking up Pride of London's Chelsea Player of the Month award. With four goals to his name, Gallagher, not typically associated with finding the net, delivered crucial strikes that propelled Chelsea to triumph in two key fixtures, setting the tone with an opener in another.

Beyond his goal-scoring exploits, Gallagher continued to lead the pressing from the front, showcasing his multifaceted contributions to the team. Notably, the trip to Villa Park for the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Aston Villa highlighted Gallagher's impact, with his opening goal setting the momentum for Chelsea's 3-1 victory. This win not only advanced the Blues to the fifth round but also handed Unai Emery's side their first home defeat of the season.

Gallagher's significance was further underscored in clashes with Crystal Palace, where he not only equalised but also netted the decisive goal in stoppage time, securing a vital win for Chelsea. The quality of his finishes, a thumping strike into the top corner and a sublime effort into the bottom corner, showcased the young midfielder's growing influence.

In the concluding fixture of the month against Leeds United in the FA Cup fifth round, Gallagher, initially relegated to the bench, emerged as the hero. Coming on in the later stages with the score tied at 2-2, he delivered a last-minute winner, propelling Chelsea into the quarter-finals to face Leicester City.

Conclusively, Gallagher's remarkable performances earned him the accolade of leading the Blues throughout February. Evolving from a midfield engine to a goal-scoring asset, the Englishman appears poised to ascend to the next level. With Mauricio Pochettino seeking leaders in this youthful Chelsea side, Gallagher's potential emergence as a key figure alongside stalwarts like Cole Palmer and Thiago Silva could prove instrumental in the team's growth and success.