Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has tipped Billy Gilmour for a big Stamford Bridge future amid talk the Scotland starlet could leave London on loan.
The teenage Scotland playmaker has been a revelation at Chelsea in recent times, bursting onto the scene under Frank Lampard last season with 11 displays that marked him as one of the club’s brightest prospects.
Under Lampard he looked set to have a senior role, Gilmour battling back from a torn meniscus in July 2020 to return to the senior fold this term. But only a handful of senior appearances have fallen for him, despite shining in these matches.
Lampard suggested Gilmour could leave on loan before the end of this month and it’s a topic that has gathered momentum following his sacking and Tuchel’s arrival, Gilmour not included in the German’s first matchday squad against Wolves.
Despite the talk of a loan exit, with Gilmour reportedly asking for a move in order to fuel his ambition of playing for Scotland at Euro 2020 next summer, Tuchel says he see the Scotland starlet as one for the future.
He may also have thrown some cold water over any loan suggestions: “For Billy I have a good impression. He is a very strategic guy, with a very high level of game understanding, very good in the first contact, very clever in positioning.
“We will see if he has the physical level to compete in the centre of the field in the most physical league in the world, but he is super quick with his feet, super fast with his decision making, and very good in positioning like I said.
“For me we have 21, 22 outfield players available to play in three competitions. There is absolutely no need to get rid of players.”
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