Gilmour has long had to grapple with the pressure and hype that comes with being dubbed the “Scottish Iniesta.” However, he has passed each test with flying colours.
Despite his age, the 19-year-old midfielder, who joined Chelsea from Rangers after rejecting an offer to stay at Ibrox, has already made eight top-flight appearances in the Premier League and played two games in the Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Yet if you cast your mind back to the start of the January transfer window, you will remember he was considering leaving on loan in a bid to get more game time amid interest from Steven Gerrard’s Gers.
The Ibrox boss is a longstanding admirer of the club’s former starlet, who earns around £43,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge, although he publicly insisted that no talks had taken place at the time over a possible move.
Gerrard said: “I think he’s pretty settled at Chelsea. Fabulous little player but there’s been no contact”.
However, The Sun had previously reported that Rangers had indeed made an approach for the teenager midfield dynamo in December last year.
And The Athletic’s David Ornstein claimed it is unlikely he will leave on loan before the transfer window closes tonight despite struggling for game time under Thomas Tuchel with Southampton believed to be among the interested parties. Ornstein has subsequently confirmed that he will stay at Chelsea until the end of the season.
There’s no doubting the fact that this could turn out to be one of Ross Wilson’s biggest regrets in the winter transfer market. Gers boss Gerrard wanted to sign a midfielder during the extended summer transfer window and ultimately got what he wanted in the form of Bafana-Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu on an initial loan deal with the option to buy.
Unfortunately, the move hasn’t quite worked out as he planned, as the South Africa international has struggled to break into Gerrard’s side after a string of poor performances. He has made just one start in 14 appearances across all competitions this season thus far.
Gilmour himself is currently averaging more tackles and more interceptions per match than the South African, as per WhoScored, which suggests that his defensive contributions are greater. In two appearances in the Champions League, he has averaged one shot, one dribble and 1.5 key passes per game, via WhoScored, implying that he could’ve offered an alternative threat in attack as well.
It’s fair to say that the Scotland U21 international could’ve been a game-changer for the Gers as he has shown he can tackle, unlock the sternest of defences with the deftest of touches and bring the ball forward to set his side on the front foot. He could’ve been one of the best loan signings that money can buy in the market this season, that’s for sure.
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