Conor Gallagher wins EFL Young Player of the Month award for August

Conor Gallagher has been named EFL Young Player of the Month award for August.

The 19-year-old midfielder scored three goals and also tallied an assist in an unbeaten month for the Addicks.

Gallagher, who joined on loan from Chelsea the day before the season began, was delighted to be recognised for his efforts.

He said: “I’m buzzing to receive this, it’s been a great first month for me at Charlton and I couldn’t have asked for more really. We’re third in the table and I’ve scored a few goals so we’re just looking to carry on the form that we’re in.

“I think I’m going to use the award as a mirror!”

Gallagher admitted he maybe wasn’t expecting to have such a strong start to life in senior football: “It’s been great. I was a little nervous at the start but after the first game I grew in confidence. A goal in my first senior start was unreal, it’s definitely the best feeling I’ve had so far in my career, in front of the fans too.

“I wasn’t expecting to be doing so well, at the start my main aim was to get in the team, but I’m playing well so I’ve stayed in the starting eleven and hopefully I can carry on this form. The Championship is obviously different to development football, but I expected it. I felt that I was ready to step up and I think I’ve shown that I’m ready to play at this level.”

Working under Charlton Manager Lee Bowyer, a former midfielder himself, Gallagher explained he is learning plenty during his time with the Addicks: “He’s a great manager. He’s helped me out individually a lot this season already so I’m just looking forward to continuing that. It always helps that he was a midfielder himself, it means that he understands me a lot more.

“He’s given me a lot of tips already - he tells me to make the box almost every time, which I have done, and I’ve gotten three goals. So, I think he’s given me a lot of helpful information.”

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