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Nottingham Forest have had a great history of Scottish players at the club; John Robertson, Kenny Burns and of course John McGovern. And if reports are to be believed, they could be about to introduce another one into the fold.
According to a report from London Football News, Nottingham Forest are monitoring young Chelsea central midfielder Billy Gilmour.
The 18-year-old Scot has made a few brief appearances for the Blues so far this season but is unlikely to make any further inroads at Stamford Bridge, that’s unless there’s a set of catastrophic injuries to the first team.
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Gilmour has played a number of positions in his time in London, but predominantly plays through the middle of the park, either as a central midfielder or a defensive one.
The same outlet suggests Forest could receive competition for his signature on loan with Leeds also in the race.
If this was a permanent deal, you’d be more inclined to believe it would make sense.
Nottingham Forest have a couple of ‘elder statesmen’ as it were in the squad like Claudio Yacob, Ben Watson and to a lesser extent Samba Sow, all of whom are over the age of 30, so if this was a move ‘for the future’, it would make sense.
However, with Forest, they’ve got a rather settled squad right now.
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The likes of Alfa Semedo, Tiago Silva, Joao Carvalho and the aforementioned Sow and Watson are all getting their chances in the first team this season while we’ve also seen the emergence of Brennan Johnson.
Bearing that in mind, it’s difficult to see Gilmour coming in and being able to command a place in the starting XI straight away.
Gaining exposure in the Championship would be beneficial for the player but with Forest doing so well at present it’s a deal they should forget about pursuing. They simply don’t need him.
At best, the teenager could come on as a player off the bench to add something to a game, but he’d have to do an awful lot to break into Sabri Lamouchi’s plans at the City Ground.
Lamouchi appears to have got a settled side so unless this is ‘the missing piece’ that can turn those one-nil victories into twos and threes, it just doesn’t seem viable to suggest he can make an impact on the team this season.
This wouldn’t be a move that suits any party.