Charlton boss Lee Bowyer admitted it was impossible to replace Conor Gallagher after his loan spell was cut short in January.

After an impressive start to life at The Valley, Chelsea recalled their midfielder after six-months before sending him back out on-loan to Championship rivals Swansea City.

The 20-year-old was a mainstay in Bowyer’s starting XI whilst in SE7, scoring an impressive six goals and registering four assists the midfielder has the second most goal involvement at Charlton, despite leaving in two months ago.

Gallagher’s contribution was a key factor in Charlton’s weighty points haul during the first half of the season, a contribution the Addicks have failed to replace says Bowyer whose side hover precariously above the relegation zone.

“He’s been a massive loss, probably impossible to replace,” he said.  

“If you think what he brought us in that first half of the season.

“He brought us energy, fight, determination and goals.

“To take that out, it’s been difficult to replace with the budget we have to work with.

“We were lucky to get him.

“A jewel like that, you have to be very very lucky, and we’re not that lucky unfortunately.”

Charlton’s loss is Swansea’s gain.

Despite not finding the net for the Liberty Stadium outfit, Gallagher has chipped in with five assists as Swansea keep their hopes of gate-crashing the play-offs alive.Below is a montage of Gallagher’s highlights for both Charlton and Swansea.