CHANGE OF PLANS IS BAD NEWS FOR BILLY GILMOUR
Change is an almost perpetual concept at Stamford Bridge and with the Chelsea board recently installing Thomas Tuchel as the successor to Frank Lampard as manager, the appointment of the German has had a knock-on effect in terms of transfer strategy.
With the Blues spending an eye-watering amount of money over the course of the summer, it would be somewhat difficult for Tuchel to knock on the door of Roman Abramovich’s and ask for even more new recruits.
Instead, the brief in the short-term at least, is to work with what he already has at his disposal and when you consider the talents that are available to the former PSG manager, that should not be all that difficult.
While because a new man has come to the managerial helm in West London, it has also meant a change of strategy in terms of outgoings and because of such change, it could spell bad news for one of their younger talents.
The name in question is Billy Gilmour and with the Scottish midfielder not featuring in either of Tuchel’s first two matchday squads of 20 players, the prospect of a loan move is one that looked rather appealing.
That’s because with Scotland’s participation in this summer’s European Championships, the 19-year-old will want to stay on the radar of manager Steve Clarke and his coaching team, as the former Chelsea defender will be naming a 23-man squad in just four months from now.
With Scotland being well stocked in the midfield department, Gilmour will look to steer clear of the pack and with a considerable number of minutes under his belt, he should be one of the names in Clarke’s international panel.
Which is why a loan move to West Ham would have been largely appealing to the former Rangers academy player and although this could have been a deal that was constructed rather easily, it was scuppered by the Hammers’ decision to go for Jesse Lingard instead.
With Premier League outfits only permitted two loan deals per season, West Ham have maxed out their quota and this meant a crosstown move across the capital was a non-starter. Then again, there were reported options elsewhere.
One of those was another intra-league switch, with Southampton also eyeing up a potential move for Gilmour. However, any hope of a temporary switch to the South Coast have now also been quashed.
With Thomas Tuchel giving every member of his newly assumed squad a clean slate, it means he will want to run the rule over as many names as possible and although that means bad news in the interim for Gilmour, there is still time to impress.
While if he is given the chance, impress is all he can do, and you get the feeling that minutes may only be fleeting between now and the end of the season. Which if this is the case, may only create something of a Scottish selection dilemma come the start of June.