Chelsea star slammed for not stopping Raheem Sterling from taking penalty off Cole Palmer | Football

Raheem Sterling persuaded Cole Palmer to give him Chelsea’s penalty against Leicester City (BBC Sport)

Conor Gallagher has been criticised for allowing Raheem Sterling to take the penalty off Cole Palmer during Chelsea’s FA Cup tie against Leicester City on Sunday.

Marc Cucurella gave Chelsea the lead in the first half but Mauricio Pochettino’s side had the chance to double their advantage from the spot after Abdul Fatawu swiped at Sterling inside Leicester’s penalty area.

Palmer, who has scored all five of his penalties since joining Chelsea from Manchester City last summer, picked up the ball and made his way towards the spot.

However, Sterling began speaking with his Chelsea teammate and Palmer threw the ball towards the winger before walking away.

Sterling stepped up and his tame effort was saved by Leicester goalkeeper Jakub Stolarczyk.

BBC host Gary Lineker described the incident as ‘bewildering’, and former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink insists Gallagher should have stepped in.

‘Palmer is the penalty taker, I used to be a penalty taker, at 1-0 I’m not giving that up as a penalty taker,’ Hasselbaink said.

‘It doesn’t matter if somebody is asking.

Raheem Sterling of Chelsea penalty kick in the 27th minute is saved by goalkeeper Jakub Stolarczyk of Leicester City

Jakub Stolarczyk easily saved Raheem Sterling’s tame penalty (Action Plus/Shutterstock)

‘I think as a team as well, Gallagher, as a captain, should go to Sterling and say, ‘no, he’s the penalty taker, he’s taken five in a row, scored all five, he needs to take it, it’s 1-0, let’s secure this match first’.’

Former Premier League striker Dion Dublin added: ‘We always speak about leaders and players on the pitch have got to take charge of the situation on the pitch,

‘The captain [Gallagher] has to go, ‘Palmer, you’re taking it, that’s it, sorry, Raheem, I’ll speak to you at half time,’, that’s what’s happening, no questions, deal with the arguments later.’

Raheem Sterling also missed a clear one-on-one chance for Chelsea (ProSports/Shutterstock )

Sterling then missed the target after being put through on goal but went on to provide the assist for Palmer, who tapped in from close range before the break to double Chelsea’s lead.

‘For years and years, Raheem Sterling has been in this situation and he’s not very good at them,’ Dublin said of Sterling’s missed chance.

‘When you get into those situations you’ve got to know what’s going to happen.

‘Gary, if anybody knows, you did it for years and years, on the shoulder of defenders, you know what finish you’ll use before it even gets to that position.

‘I think he’s thinking, ‘what do I do, what do I do?’, and he gets it wrong but he gets in great positions though.’

Hasselbaink added: ‘He is not good at finishing when he has time and he has to think,

‘He’s very good at finishing when it’s instinctive and quick and he doesn’t have time, and he just puts them away and he’s brilliant.

‘When you have time, as you know yourself, a lot of things are going through your head and you pick the wrong execution and that’s what he did.’

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