Billy Gilmour set to fight for Chelsea’s place under Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has been tipped to reject the possibility of leaving Stamford Bridge on loan for the benefit of apprenticeship under new boss Thomas Tuchel.
The 19-year-old Scotsman was a favorite for former boss Frank Lampard but failed to make it to either of Tuchel’s first two teams, prompting rumors he could be loaned out for the rest of the season.
Gilmour’s idea of finding a new temporary home was suggested even before Lampard left the club, with the player himself open to leaving, but Athletic’s David Ornstein says Gilmour is now ready. to stay.
It is claimed that Gilmour is hoping he will see minutes for the remainder of the season as Chelsea continue to compete in three competitions – the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup – so he plans to stay and fight for a path in the boss’s plans.
Gilmour had worried about his chances of winning a first call-up for the Scottish squad in time for this summer’s European Championships, and while his cause won’t be helped by staying on the sidelines at Chelsea, many within the Scottish setup still feel so even though it’s only a matter of time before the 19-year-old gets involved.
As it stands, one loan looks dead, with the report saying Gilmour will likely stay at Chelsea “unless things take a surprising turn”.
This surprising turning point could well interest Southampton. The Daily Mail revealed on Sunday night that Gilmour was in talks with the Saints over a possible January move, with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl hoping for more competition in the midfield.
However, it appears Gilmour has decided not to leave. He fears spending too much time adjusting to life at a new club for just a few months of football, given that trying to impress Tuchel might be better in the long run.
Gilmour plans to spend the next six months figuring out where he stands under the new boss. If the minutes remain difficult to find, he prefers to leave on loan in the summer and spend an entire season away from the bridge.
Competition for places is high under Tuchel, who has insisted that everyone will have a fresh start after Lampard is sacked.
This saw Jorginho start Tuchel’s first two games alongside Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and N’Golo Kante also vying for a place in the German squad.
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