Chelsea missed out on the services of exciting Spanish prospect Dani Olmo, who moved to RB Leipzig in a £26m deal (Mail). The 21-year-old had been attracting interest from all around Europe and was heavily linked with the Blues, but could Billy Gilmour benefit from the club missing out on Olmo?
It looked like Chelsea were handed a boost in their pursuit of the young midfielder when Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona had dropped out of the race. However, he made the decision to move to an exciting RB Leipzig team that is currently fighting for the Bundesliga title.
Losing out on a talent like this is, of course, disappointing for Frank Lampard. However, it could prove to benefit one of Chelsea’s own bright young talents. That man is Billy Gilmour. The 18-year-old put in an impressive substitute performance against Hull City on Saturday evening and without Olmo coming in has a clearer path into the first team.
Despite the two midfielders in question not playing with the same style, they would have both been competing for one of three central spots. They are also both young and there would not have necessarily been room for both of them in Lampard’s starting line-up in years to come.
The Scottish midfielder will be buoyed by the fact that the Blues have not looked to strengthen in his area of the pitch.
He looked a serious talent last night and got some fans very excited. Gilmour looked composed on the ball, moved it quickly and always seemed to be one step ahead of other players on the pitch. It was a performance that showed maturity well beyond his years and it will be interesting to see how he develops in the coming months.