Conor Gallagher is cut from the same cloth as Mason Mount and would be a fantastic signing for Leeds United.
That is according to ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the attacking-midfielder registered his second assist in three games in West Brom’s 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.
The 21-year-old has impressed at the Hawthorns on loan from Chelsea despite the Baggies worrying league position.
The print version of The Sun (15/11/20, p.62) claimed in November that Leeds were gearing up for a summer move for Gallagher.
Whelan drew parallels between Gallagher and Mount and claimed that he would be a magnificent capture for Leeds.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It wouldn’t surprise me if there was a queue of Premier League clubs after him if West Brom get relegated in the summer.
“I saw the class in him last season in the Championship. I could see what a good player he was going to be. He’s got bravery on the ball, great turn of pace, strength, good eye for a pass, he’s always involved.
“That’s what I like about the player. Even though he is young, he’s very much in the mould of Mason Mount. He’s got that kind of attitude where he wants to be the star, the next Mount, he wants to be the player who gets hold of the game and is always making things happen.
“He’s brave, he makes himself available, he’s got no fear. That’s the way it should be.
“That’s really impressive for someone as young as that, especially given where they are in the league. There’s a lot of pressure on players in those situations in every single game.
“If they go down, there will be a queue for his signature and hopefully Leeds United will be looking at him as well because he’s a great player.”
Gallagher has been with Chelsea since he was eight years old but is yet to make a senior appearance for the club.
He spent last season on loan in the Championship with Charlton Athletic and Swansea City respectively.