Conor Gallagher says he has been assured he is a key player for Graham Potter

Conor Gallagher says new Chelsea manager Graham Potter told him he had an important role to play at Stamford Bridge.

Gallagher has not started in charge in either of Potter’s first two games but he came off the bench to score a dramatic winner against former club Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“He said I have a really important role and I have to keep working hard, remembering who I am and what I’m best at and when I get the chance to be as effective as possible,” Gallagher told the Chelsea website about his initial discussion with Potter.

“I just have to keep impressing the manager. There are a lot of top players in the Chelsea squad so it won’t be easy to get the playing time I want.

“But I’ll do my best to show that I’m ready and want to be as effective as possible when I get the opportunity.”

Gallagher, who was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the final Nations League games ahead of the World Cup, enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at Palace last season.

The 22-year-old returned to Selhurst Park to haunt Palace as his superb 90th-minute strike gave Chelsea a 2-1 win and secured Potter’s first win.

Gallagher said: “As I sat on the bench I thought please just keep getting me, I have a feeling.

“Once I got that half yard I thought just shoot, and as soon as it left my boot I thought it had a chance.

“It’s a special moment for me to score my first goal for Chelsea, an incredible feeling, it’s a childhood dream of mine and of course it had to come against Palace.

“Scoring my first goal is massive just to get that confidence back a little bit and hopefully now I can move on.”

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