Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour in talks over loan move to Southampton

Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour in talks over loan move to Southampton after 19-year-old was left out of new manager Thomas Tuchel’s squad for their win over Burnley

  • Billy Gilmour is speaking to Southampton over a deadline day loan move 
  • The 19-year-old has not been picked in any of Thomas Tuchel’s squads so far 
  • New Chelsea boss Tuchel said everyone will have a chance to play in his squad
  • Gilmour wants regular game time to boost his Euro 2020 chances with Scotland

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is in talks over a potential loan to Southampton after being left out of Thomas Tuchel’s squad altogether on Sunday.

The 19-year-old has already told Chelsea he wants to move on loan to push his claims for a place in Scotland’s European Championship squad.

Sportsmail reported on Wednesday that the 19-year-old is keen to leave on a temporary basis in order to increase his playing time.  

Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour is in talks with Southampton over a deadline day loan move

New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has not named Gilmour in his two matchday squads so far 

Gilmour is yet to be capped at senior level by his national team, though a run of Premier League fixtures would boost his chances of appearing in Scotland’s first major tournament in 23 years. 

Southampton are looking for competition in midfield for the second-half of the season, with Oriol Romeu, Ibrahima Diallo and James Ward-Prowse their main options in the middle of the park. 

Saints captain Ward-Prowse, however, filled in at right-back for the south coast side’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday night due to a shortage in that position. 

Gilmour was highly-rated by former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and made his first-team breakthrough last season, making six league appearances overall.

Gilmour wants regular football to boost his chances of playing for Scotland at Euro 2020

However, a serious knee injury in July after the Premier League coronavirus hiatus halted his progress to becoming a first-team regular and the teenager played just two league games under Lampard this season.

New Blues manager Tuchel has not named the Scot in any of his two Premier League matchday squads so far since being appointed at Chelsea boss last Monday. 

The German claimed that everybody at Chelsea is entitled to a fresh start after the club drifted into mid-table under former boss Lampard.

Gilmour was highly-rated by ex-Blues manager Frank Lampard (right) who was recently fired

Tuchel told BT Sport after the Blues’ 2-0 win over Burnley on Sunday: ‘Everybody in the squad is important, everyone has started from zero with the new manager and we have to keep the competition. 

‘It’s healthy and it gives everybody the opportunity to give their maximum to get into the team.’

Meanwhile, Southampton are juggling targets ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline as they wait to see what Arsenal decide on Ainsley Maitland-Niles. 

The 23-year-old England international is keen to go out and play but is a key figure for Mikel Arteta.

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