With Thomas Tuchel arriving this week as the new Chelsea manager, it seems like a fresh start for the squad and it’ll be intriguing to see which players he takes a fancy to.
It’s vital that the German boss gets Blues supporters on his side immediately and one way to do that will be to maintain the focus on playing youngsters.
There are a core group of players to come out of the academy that are now fully integrated first-team stars.
But reports suggest that Tuchel may be about to make his first mistake, something that get set off some early tension with supporters.
According to Todofichajes, youngster Billy Gilmour could be allowed to leave on loan this month before the January transfer window shuts.
It is understood that the 19-year-old is unlikely to have a position in Tuchel’s side, meaning he could get first-team football elsewhere.
The report adds there is potential interest from Wolverhampton, Aston Villa, Palace and West Brom .
If Tuchel wants to get off to a good start with Chelsea fans, then he should reverse the reported decision and keep Gilmour at Stamford Bridge.
A loan deal makes sense to try give him regular minutes, but the Scottish teenager is already good enough to push for a starting position in the Blues XI and has impressed since being promoted from the acaedmy.
The central midfielder deserves his chance to force his way into the manager’s plans and hi potential is huge.
Supporters may be frustrated if fan favourite Gilmour is allowed to leave on loan this month and Tuchel won’t want to get off on the wrong note.