Billy Gilmour set for last-minute loan exit from Chelsea


Billy Gilmour could seek a last-minute loan move away from Chelsea this month after Thomas Tuchel’s arrival.

The Scotland Under-21 star impressed every time he was elevated to Chelsea’s first team under Frank Lampard, but could now find his short-term chances limited.

Teen star Gilmour still wants to break into Scotland’s senior squad in time for the summer’s Euros, and will need regular football to advance his selection claims.

Tuchel laid bare his tactical blueprint for dominating possession in Wednesday’s goalless Premier League draw with Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

The German coach paired Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in deep midfield, confirming expectations about his set-up by deploying a 3-4-2-1 formation.

Tuchel had tracked Italy midfielder Jorginho in previous managerial roles, and now has the chance to work with the former Napoli man.

Croatia midfielder Kovacic is another senior Chelsea star to fit Tuchel’s mould and appears set for regular action.

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Throw France’s World Cup-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante into the mix as well, and Gilmour’s immediate selection chances appear slim.

Chelsea know full well 19-year-old Gilmour’s rich potential and want him to realise that at Stamford Bridge, but the remainder of the season is unlikely to yield many first team openings.

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