Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is reportedly in talks over a potential deadline-day loan move to Southampton according to the Daily Mail.
The 19-year-old has yet to make the matchday squads under new manager Thomas Tuchel so far.
Gilmour made six appearances in all competitions this season under former boss Frank Lampard after a four-month absence through knee surgery.
Gilmour’s position in the first team looks increasingly uncertain with Jorginho back to the starting line-ups under Tuchel.
And according to Daily Mail, the teenager is speaking to Southampton over a possible short-term loan move.
The report claims Gilmour wants a regular game time to boost his 2020 Euro with Scotland.
However, another report from The Athletic claims Gilmour is set to stay and fight for a spot under Tuchel.
He reportedly wants to use the next few months to assess where he stands with Tuchel before making a decision at the end of the season.
Tuchel himself said he has a good impression of the young midfielder, although he still has his reservations about Gilmour’s physical abilities.
“For Billy, I have a good impression — he is a very strategic guy,” Tuchel said in his press conference last week (via Goal).
“A very high level of game understanding. Very good in the first contact. Very clever in positioning.
“We’ll see if he [Gilmour] has the physical level, if he can compete in the centre of the field in the most physical league in the world.”
From Chelsea’s point of view, losing a player who should be competing for a regular spot in the middle of the season does not sound like a good idea.
But the lack of regular game time will not help him develop as a player as well.
At the moment, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and N’Golo Kante seem to be ahead of him in the pecking order.
His ambition of making Scotland’s Euro squad will be a key factor in his decision, with Scotland manager Steve Clarke making it clear that Gilmour has to play regularly to make his squad (Glasgow Times).