Southampton’s young striker Sam Gallagher is currently on a season-long loan at Championship strugglers Blackburn Rovers, but Sun journalist sees his future beyond these two clubs.

21-year-old Crediton-born Gallagher moved to the Lancashire club on loan at the start of the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship campaign and has settled in to his rhythm, scoring 10 goals and providing three assists in the 39 appearances that he has made in the league for Rovers.

Gallagher is contracted to the Hampshire-based Saints until next year, but Alan Nixon (tweet – below), in replying to a comment on his timeline from one of his followers thinks that this summer could very well see the youngster move on from the St Mary’s Stadium to footballing pastures new.


Gallagher, who has featured 20 times (two goals) for Southampton’s first team, as well as 36 times (eight goals – five assists) for the Under-23s, will be a much sought-after striker should he become available, as Nixon thinks may happen, in the summer transfer window.

His goals have proven to be invaluable in keeping Blackburn within touch of the teams immediately above them in the table, Rovers in the final relegation place and trailing 21st placed Forest by just a single point – albeit with a worse goal difference.

Should Gallagher score goals that help to rescue Blackburn from their plight, his stock will rise in the eyes of any interested parties. The 21-year-old former Plymouth youth player has shown that he has the bottle for a relegation battle and that he knows just where the back of the net is.

Blackburn’s next game as the look to stave off relegation to League One comes on Saturday when they travel to Molineux to face a Wolves side coming off of a much-needed victory over Leeds United.

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