Graeme Souness makes Billy Gilmour statement after Chelsea’s loan decision

Reports suggest Billy Gilmour could go on loan in the upcoming season but Graeme Souness believes the star should stay at Chelsea to learn from the other players

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Graeme Souness believes Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour should stay at the club instead of heading out on loan.

The Scotland star hasn’t seen much football under Thomas Tuchel because of injury and other players, such as N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, getting the nod ahead of him.

Many would think Gilmour could thrive out on loan – with rumours suggesting Norwich City are front-runners to sign him – by getting more game time but Souness believes he should hone his craft at the Champions League holders.

He told Sky Sports: “Personally, I would keep him at Chelsea. I think Jorginho has to be looking over his shoulder, personally.

Billy Gilmour was on form against England



“I know it’s a slightly different position but I think he’ll be challenging him more than anyone else.

“I look at Phil Foden at City. Pep didn’t let him go out on loan. The reason I say that, and I look back at my own career and I think, how did I improve?

“There was no words of wisdom, there were no words a coach ever said to me, there was no watershed moment in my career when I turned a corner.”

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Souness added he benefitted greatly from being a young player at Liverpool and that Gilmour will learn a lot from staying at Chelsea.

The 20-year-old is already a star and made quite the name for himself at Euro 2020 after he won Man of the Match in his first competitive start for Scotland.

Souness thinks Gilmour should stay at Chelsea

His star performance was during his team’s 0-0 draw with England but unfortunately for the youngster he tested positive for Covid and so couldn’t feature in Scotland’s match against Croatia.

The fixture ended 3-1 in Croatia’s favour which saw the Scots finish bottom of their group and crash out of the tournament.

Gilmour’s positive test did not just have an impact of Scotland but England too as Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell had to go into self-isolation after coming into close contact with the Scot.

Many were confused about the situation as no other Scotland players had to isolate and that question mark was shared by England manager Gareth Southgate.

He said: “I don’t want to cause a drama for Scotland, but if you are all in the dressing room together, where does everything stand? I really don’t know how all that works. All I know is we are in the situation and we’re complying with Public Health England.

“There’s nothing else we can do. I don’t want to make life difficult for Steve Clarke. I want him to do well. He’s a great guy and we’ve got a very good relationship.

“The last thing I want to do is make his life more difficult, frankly.”

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