Billy Gilmour set for Chelsea loan exit amid Everton interest
Billy Gilmour could leave Chelsea on loan after Thomas Tuchel dropped the 21-year-old from his pre-season plans as Everton remain interested.
According soccer scotlandEverton could sign Billy Gilmour on loan as Chelsea are ready to allow the player to join former manager Frank Lampard at Goodison Park. The 21-year-old Scotland international is well in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and another temporary move could be the right move.
Billy Gilmour has been touted as one of the players to watch in the future after making his debut under Frank Lampard for Chelsea’s senior team. He made some impressive appearances in the second half of the 2019/20 campaign. However, since then a knee injury has held him back for a considerable period, hampering his rapid development.
As a result, Gilmour was never a Chelsea regular again and spent the last season with Norwich City on loan, playing 24 times for the Canaries in the top flight. With two years left on his contract, Gilmour’s future at Chelsea is up in the air as another loan spell could be on the horizon for the Scotland international.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has sacked Gilmour and team-mate Armando Broja from their pre-season squad, with the latter likely to sign permanently with West Ham United.
Gilmour is unlikely to sign with another club permanently, but a new loan could be considered. And Everton are keen to secure his signature.
Lampard intends to bolster his midfield options in this window and could see his former charge as a profitable short-term solution. Should Gilmour impress on loan, Everton could even consider a cut-price move next summer when the midfielder has one year left on his contract with Chelsea.
Lampard could be thinking of getting the most out of the 21-year-old midfielder after Gilmour put in impressive displays under the Chelsea manager. However, other teams like the Scotland international as well.
As Tuchel relieved his side’s midfielder, Gilmour was expected to join Chelsea Under-23s first, although with interest from Everton mounting he could be close to signing some paperwork.
If things move quickly, Gilmour could join Lampard and the Everton squad in the United States to continue their pre-season tour. A move to Goodison Park could be good for the midfielder, who could end up having fairly regular outings, compared to Chelsea, where he could be the sixth or seventh choice midfielder.