Report: Three Chelsea stars have not been given shirt numbers for next season, their future is now in doubt

Reports suggest that Billy Gilmour, Ethan Ampadu and Kenedy are all yet to receive shirt numbers ahead of the new season.

According to the Evening Standard, the trio are amongst the names currently left out in the cold by Thomas Tuchel as he prepares for the start of the Premier League season.

Gilmour had been sent away from the first team squad during the US pre-season tour, in order for him to get regular playing minutes with the youth side instead.

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This would have set alarm bells ringing for the Scot, who spent a miserable last campaign on loan with Norwich City.

Ampadu meanwhile was with the squad, appearing in friendly matches and making it clear that he was willing to fight for his place in the squad.

Chelsea players not given shirt numbers

Kenedy too had been seen during the tour, with Tuchel even claiming he was one of the fittest members of the squad early in the tour.

However, the three are currently left unsure on their future, with the Evening Standard making it known that they are yet to be handed a shirt for next season.

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The report goes on to say that Michy Batshuayi, a player many see with little future at Stamford Bridge, has been handed a number, and therefore an opportunity to force his way into the manager’s plans.

The news will likely disappoint large portions of the Stamford Bridge faithful, particularly with Gilmour and Ampadu, who have both shown glimpses in Blue that they can be useful members of the squad.

The Scotland international has been the subject of links to Premier League clubs, with a reunion with Frank Lampard at Everton a big possibility.

Given the young midfielder played his best stuff under the Chelsea legend, the move could be the catalyst towards a great future in the league.

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.