Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour set to leave on loan for the remainder of the season


Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is set on a six-month loan spell at Stamford Bridge in Thomas Tuchel’s first week at the club.

Gilmour, 19, fought for the FA Cup victory over Luton Town in Frank Lampard’s last game before his sacking, with Tuchel leaving him out of the day’s squad to face Wolves in his first game in charge.

The teenager is now set to receive a short-term transfer to give him some regular football and a chance to play at the European Championships for Scotland this summer.

Premier League clubs are monitoring his situation and determining if Lampard would leave him on loan and there was also interest from clubs abroad which will make him one of the most wanted players in the final days of the January transfer window.

He impressed against Luton and clinched the victory injury-free, with Lampard planning to pitch him against Wolves if he was still in charge.

Gilmour started both Chelsea’s FA Cup games and also made his Champions League debut last month as he returned to first-team plans after knee surgery.

Last season he made a breakthrough in the first-team and made 13 appearances, but he is expected to be one of the first youngsters bred by Lampard to be loaned out by the new manager.

He arrived from Glasgow Rangers almost four years ago and it was Lampard who made his senior debut last season. He stood out for his maturity when he arrived at Chelsea as he sank down at 16 rather than living with his family like other Academy players.

Gilmour is yet to make his Scotland debut, but his progress with Chelsea has put him in the context of a late call-up to the senior squad with regular matches.

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