Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel admits he will have a think about what to do with Scotland starlet Billy Gilmour at the end of the season.
The teenager has thrown himself into Euro 2020 contention for Steve Clarke’s squad in recent weeks with Tuchel handing him three Premier League starts, the latest in a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal. He was substituted at half-time but Tuchel was still satisfied with what he witnessed in Gilmour’s latest Chelsea display.
Reports circled in January that Gilmour may leave Chelsea on loan, and while not confirming his position either way ahead of Euro 2020, Tuchel said: “Well, that was an absolutely okay performance.
“We saw they defended so deep, so we wanted to have Mason Mount who has a better shot from 20 metres to maybe be more dangerous from distance and have an offensive player like Mason there. It wasn’t because Billy was bad that we took him off. It was a tactical change where we tried to put more offensive power.
“For Billy’s situation, we will talk after the season. Right now he is here and is doing his job. It’s clear it’s very hard for him. It’s because we lacked N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in midfield and they are huge for us. It’s not fair to this all on his shoulders but he did a fantastic match at [Man City] and an absolutely ok match today. He was certainly not the problem.”
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