Conor Gallagher’s brace earned Crystal Palace a well-deserved 3-1 win over Everton in the Premier League, ending a three-game losing streak for Patrick Vieira’s side.
The young Englishman has established himself as the signing of the season after two goals today, including a magnificent long-distance effort in added time, has now been directly involved in nine goals for the Eagles (6 goals 3 assists) . The Chelsea player has portrayed himself very well in south London and is now surely part of Thomas Tuchel’s long-term plans at Stamford Bridge.
He is Palace’s top scorer in the division, and it’s no surprise as the young Englishman still places himself in good positions as his goals show tonight. But it wasn’t just his work in the attacking zones that stood out, as his out-of-possession work was excellent as well. The 21-year-old is the perfect example of a midfielder in modern play and he hasn’t been much better in the top flight this year. He has already won his first England selection, and while his appeal was due to the withdrawal of players, he was fully deserved and given his performances this season there should be plenty more to come.
Vieira will be delighted with the performance he gets from the lender, which flourishes in the Frenchman’s system. He’s playing more freely in this expansive style of play which is very different from the role he played with West Bromwich Albion last season, and he’s thriving at Selhurst Park – with his second goal of the night something to see. As Seamus Coleman rushed to get the ball back up the field, he intercepted a pass and then reeled the ball into the 25-year-old’s top corner to seal Vieira’s side three points.
Palace more than deserved their victory over an Everton side who couldn’t pick up where they left off on Monday night. Jordan Ayew had a great opportunity early on, but he hit Jordan Pickford directly when he got the chance to let the ball go for Wilfried Zaha. The Eagles were in total control at the start and were constantly attacking Everton’s third. The Toffees grew in the game and Demarai Gray had his first attempt of the game, but it was a comfortable save for Vicente Guaita. The odds then began to present themselves on both sides and the stalemate was broken just before the break. A weak pass from Gray gave the ball to Ayew who passed the ball to Gallagher who smashed the ball into the net.
Everton struggled to match Palace in the second half and they conceded a second from a corner as Ben Godfrey missed the ball and left James Tomkins at home from close range. The goal came after traveling fans were upset by Rafa’s decision to replace Richarlison and replace him with Salomon Rondon, but the move paid off as the Venezuelan was able to pull one off for Benitez’s side. The Toffees even had a big chance to equalize thanks to Anthony Gordon, but he was turned down by Guaita. Then Gallagher was on hand in the final stages to fall back in a delightful effort in the upper right corner to wrap up the three points for the hosts.
Mason Mount and Jamie Vardy are the only Englishman to have had more Premier League goals this season than Gallagher and if he maintains that kind of form he could well top this table in May. One thing is certain, Chelsea have another gem in their hands.