West Ham manager David Moyes has named Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour as the player he would like to sign.
The 18-year-old has made just seven appearances for the Blues’ senior side this season.
But he has not let those chances go to waste and showcased what he could bring to the midfield. Especially in Chelsea’s last two games, where Gilmour made headlines for back-t0-back man-0f-the-match performances against Liverpool and Everton.
West Ham’s Moyes is one of those who has been keeping a close eye on Gilmour and he did not hide his desire to bring the teenager in if possible.
Moyes told the BBC Sport’s Scottish Football podcast: “One that, if I could sign tomorrow, it would be Billy Gilmour based on his recent performances for Chelsea.
“He’s looked like a seasoned pro, he’s looked like somebody who’s hungry, who’s in love with the game.
“He’s typical of what my memories are of Scottish players are like going back many years. We were all really good players, really talented.
“In the short period we’ve seen of him, Billy Gilmour looks like that.”
Of course, Chelsea are not going to let such a talented youngster leave, and they tied him down to a new four-year contract until 2023 in September.
A loan spell, however, could be on the cards in the future.
At the moment Chelsea still have the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek competing for the central midfield roles.
While Gilmour could still play for the development squad in Premier League 2, a loan spell with another Premier League team or in the Championship would help his development far more.