Chelsea man without a shirt number spotted at first team training ground, he could be back in the squad

Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour has been filmed on Jorginho’s Instagram story at Chelsea’s first team training ground.

The Scotland international was not originally handed a squad number ahead of this season, raising belief that he would not be part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans for this campaign.

This also followed the 21-year-old being sent away from the first team’s pre-season tour of the United States, due to the lack of gametime on offer during the tour.

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Everton were a side notably interested in a deal to sign Gilmour, with a potential reunion with Frank Lampard on the cards, the manager who he played undoubtedly his best Chelsea football for.

However, fellow midfielder Jorginho’s Instagram story has shown the Scot back amongst the first team squad at Cobham.

Gilmour back with Chelsea first team

The midfield position is one which has a lot of competition for not very many places at the moment, with the dominant trio of Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and N’golo Kante still very much competing for places when fit.

This selection has been added to by the returning loanee Conor Gallagher, who seemingly overtook Gilmour in the pecking order at the club following a spectacular loan spell with Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old’s own loan spell was not as successful, with him being scapegoated by Norwich City fans as they headed towards yet another Premier League relegation.

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The abuse received had an effect on Gilmour, with him claiming his family weren’t able to attend games due to what was going on in the crowd.

Despite being seen back at the club, it is unlikely he will have many opportunities crop up this season, due to the embarrassment of riches in the role at the club.

A move away is certainly in his best interests, with a permanent one likely to be the best way he achieves regular gametime and fulfils his potential.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.