Chelsea players at Euro 2024: Contrasting fortunes for Palmer, Gallagher, Cucurella and more

Chelsea players at Euro 2024: Contrasting fortunes for Palmer, Gallagher, Cucurella and more

Eric Munene 20:29 - 22.06.2024

A comparison of Chelsea's European Championship representatives.

As the 2024 UEFA Euro tournament progresses, Chelsea's contingent finds itself on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of involvement and impact.

Among the notable players representing their respective nations are Cole Palmer, Conor Gallagher, and Marc Cucurella, both showcasing contrasting experiences so far.

Palmer waiting in the wings & Gallagher’s substitute role

Cole Palmer, the promising midfielder for both Chelsea and the England national team, has yet to see significant game time in Euro 2024.

Despite his talent and potential, Palmer has been primarily a spectator from the bench, with manager decisions favoring other midfield options over him.

His role has largely been limited to training and waiting for a chance to prove his worth on the international stage.

Palmer's situation highlights the fierce competition within the England squad, particularly in midfield positions where players like Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount have been preferred choices.

Gallagher has gotten some game time but only as a substitute for Trent Alexander-Arnold in the second half against both Serbia and Denmark.

Armando Broja, Romelu Lukaku and Mykhailo Mudryk

For Chelsea's attacking players, none of them have been able to find the net. Lukaku fluffed his lines during Belgium's opening game which they lost to Slovakia.

Mykhailo Mudryk and Ukraine fell to their knees against Romania who beat them 3-0. Armando Broja was fortunate to start the game for Albania against Italy and played 77 minutes.

Marc Cucurella soaring with Spain

In stark contrast to Palmer and Gallagher’s subdued roles, Marc Cucurella has emerged as a standout performer for the Spanish national team in Euro 2024.

The versatile left-sided player, who joined Chelsea from Brighton in a high-profile transfer, has been instrumental in Spain's campaign.

His impressive display against Italy, where he contributed significantly to Spain's victory, showcased his defensive solidity and attacking prowess.

Cucurella's role as a key figure in Spain's setup underlines his adaptability and importance to both his national team and potentially to Chelsea's future plans.

His ability to excel in high-pressure matches and deliver crucial performances bodes well for his career trajectory, with the Euros serving as a platform to demonstrate his capabilities on a grand stage.

The divergent paths of Cole Palmer and Marc Cucurella at Euro 2024 illustrate the unpredictability and varied fortunes that players can experience in international competitions.

While Palmer awaits his opportunity to make an impact, Cucurella has seized his chance and is thriving in the spotlight.

Both players represent Chelsea's investment in young talent and their ambitions to contribute significantly at both club and international levels.

Looking ahead, Chelsea fans will be eager to see how Palmer, Gallagher and Cucurella's Euro 2024 journeys influence their development and roles within the team.