Todd Boehly faces internal Chelsea fury after big transfer decisions

Mauricio Pochettino previews Chelsea's clash with Luton Town

Concerns are reportedly starting to be voiced about the direction of Chelsea under Todd Boehly. The mass exodus of homegrown players at Stamford Bridge has been questioned by those within the club, with the sale of Mason Mount to Manchester United coming under immense scrutiny.

According to the Daily Mail, academy staff pushed for Conor Gallagher to stay at the club while they made their feelings clear about the sale of Mount. “Plenty of people here are not happy at Mason being allowed to leave. He was the shining light used for the kids. That’s why we want Conor (Gallagher) to stay too,” a source told the publication. 

There were similar concerns raised about the sale of academy graduate Lewis Hall to Newcastle United. The 18-year-old will join the Magpies on loan this season before completing a permanent transfer next summer for £28million.

Hall is one of England’s most exciting young full-backs and his departure is said to have caused a stir with the backroom staff. It was expected that Gallagher, who has been at the club since the age of eight, would be following him out of the door before the transfer window closed.

However, Mauricio Pochettino, on the recommendation of academy staff, has chosen to incorporate him into his first-team plans this season. West Ham had a £40m bid for the 23-year-old rejected last month.

The Blues had previously been open to selling him for a fee of around £50m but are now looking at extending his contract and giving him a more important role in the side. Gallagher is expected to get a healthy run of games under his belt this year with Carney Chukwuemeka out of action for an extended period of time after undergoing knee surgery on an injury he picked up in Chelsea’s defeat to the Hammers on Sunday

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When quizzed about the speculation surrounding Gallagher’s future by reporters last month, Pochettino replied: “In football, anything can happen. Now I am happy with him and his performance there are still two years on his contract.

“I’m happy with him and his performance. At the moment there’s nothing to say.” Although Pochettino has also recently admitted that his side needs more reinforcements in the centre of the park.

“We need to add some player there [midfield],” Pochettino said in a press conference last month. “We need one more with experience. That is the idea. We are working, the club is working on that. At the moment we are working to reinforce that area and other areas also. The players that are here on the tour are in our plan.”

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