Everton have been linked with a move for Billy Gilmour this summer, and now a reliable source has given his insight into the player’s future and the club’s potential of signing the player before the transfer window shuts.
According to talkSPORT journalist and transfer insider Alex Crook, Frank Lampard’s relationship with Gilmour could play a part in Everton’s ability to sign the player this summer.
Crook told GIVEMESPORT:
“He’s got that relationship. He gave him his debut at Chelsea, probably played his best football under Lampard.
“He had a pretty difficult time at Norwich last year. I think that relationship could be important, and I wonder if Chelsea might even consider selling him permanently. I wouldn’t rule it out.”
It is no secret that Everton struggled over last season with the Merseysiders embroiled in a relegation scrap at the bottom of the Premier League until the penultimate game of the campaign, but Lampard will be hoping to leave the troubles of the past behind when the Toffees return to action this week.
In terms of midfielders, Everton have lost Fabian Delph this summer due to his contract expiration while Donny van de Beek returned to Manchester United after a six-month loan. Although, over last season Delph did only make 11 appearances, and the Dutch loanee only appeared seven times.
Despite the two midfielders making little contribution to the Toffees’ campaign, their exit from Goodison Park has undoubtedly weakened the midfield depth in the squad, so the signing of Gilmour could be a great piece of business for Kevin Thelwell if he can secure a deal before the transfer window shuts in a few weeks.
Gilmour didn’t have the greatest season-long loan experience at Norwich City with the side being relegated back into the Championship, but the young midfielder still showed glimpses of his talent despite the disappointing outcome for the Canaries last season.
The £28k-per-week gem delivered one assist and created one big chance, making one key pass, 1.7 tackles and 1.2 clearances per game, as well as completing the majority of his dribbles (68%) and tallying up a 91% pass accuracy in his own half, proving that Gilmour is showing signs of becoming a solid and reliable midfielder.
Lampard can use his experience with the 21-year-old to not only take his development to the next level, but could also form a great partnership in the centre of the pitch between the Scottish talent and Toffees midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Combining Gilmour’s progressive attributes from deeper in midfield with Doucoure’s creativity in central midfield could give Everton their best chance of comfortably competing and improving their attacking threat this season.
While the former is a smooth and technical player on the ball, Doucoure offers that and more with a successful tackle rate of 2.5 per game in 2021/22. While he is progressive on the ball, as Gilmour is, the pair could combine in perfect fashion as they offer the manager a variety of layers in the centre of the pitch.
With that being said, the powers at Goodison Park must act now to ensure they can seal a deal for Gilmour and get him into their squad so Lampard can quickly establish the best way to deploy his team in the Premier League, as a good start for the club is essential.