Premier League clubs have been put on standby as they await to see whether Billy Gilmour will be sent out on loan by Chelsea this campaign.
Mike McGrath of The Telegraph suggested that there was plenty of interest surrounding the 19-year-old should he become available.
His case won’t have been harmed after another confident display against Luton Town in the FA Cup on the weekend.
Tammy Abraham grabbed the headlines for his hat-trick but it was Gilmour who quietly dictated the play and rarely relinquished possession.
Frank Lampard gave a glowing review of the young midfielder after his sides victory, saying: “Playing like he (Gilmour) did today is making it very difficult [not to give him more minutes] because I thought he was outstanding.
“His comfort on the ball, the way he moved it, his discipline, his personality was great. If he plays like he does today, it makes it very difficult for me not to give him a run” (via Football.london).
However, the line that will have grabbed everyone’s attention was about the Scotsman’s short-term future at Stamford Bridge.
“In the short term for me, looking at things today, he won’t be going out on loan,” Lampard continued.
“Of course, we’ll keep that slightly open until the end of the month but Billy is a Chelsea player and the level he showed today highlights why he is a Chelsea player in the middle of the park.”
Chelsea have been looking to trim down their squad in this window with a potential splurge being saved for the summer.
Gilmour has only made eight appearances this season having been absent due to a knee injury. He has yet to start in the league and despite the encouraging praise, Lampard may feel his talents will benefit a team under less pressure than Chelsea.
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I can see no logically reasoning in letting Gilmour go on loan. He is arguably one of Lampard’s best midfielders who should be given a shot at the Premier League.
Only then can we truly determine whether or not he needs to be sent away. But even then, I would be highly reluctant to release him.
He and Mason Mount gave a glimpse into what Chelsea’s midriff could look like for many years to come, so why waste it with a needless transfer elsewhere?