90min reported over the weekend that Ligue 1 outfit Nice are preparing an offer to tempt the club into parting ways with Glen Kamara, with a number of Premier League clubs also said to be keeping tabs on the Finland international.
FFC published an article in reaction to this news explaining why Gio van Bronckhorst must sanction an exit for the midfielder.
This, however, would leave a gap in the squad and the Light Blues must launch a swoop to sign Billy Gilmour on loan to allow them to cash in on Kamara.
This shows that he is not part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans, which could open the door to an exit before the end of the window.
Gilmour’s ability on the ball has been hailed in the past, with ex-Gers man Graeme Souness saying: “He doesn’t give the ball away. He’s got that fantastic habit for a midfield player of passing the ball to the same colour shirt. He keeps the ball in tight spaces and kept Scotland ticking over.
“He’s a fabulous little football player and when you factor in that last season he only made five starts in the Premier League for Chelsea, he’s not played a lot of football and he came into what was a hothouse of a game – high tempo, loads of pressing – and he managed to stay there.”
The defensive side of the game, however, is where selling Kamara to bring Gilmour in could make a lot of sense for the club.
Rangers’ pressing played a huge role in their 3-0 win over Union Saint-Gilloise as they made a defensive action every 2.2 opposition passes in the opening 15 minutes, which is a record under van Bronckhorst.
This shows that the Dutchman wants his team to press high early on in matches to disrupt the other team and this is a style that suits Gilmour more than Kamara.
The former has averaged a whopping 24.56 pressures per 90 over the last 365 days, whilst the latter has averaged 13.10 per 90 in the same time. This suggests that the Scottish gem would be a major upgrade in terms of what he would offer out of possession, in line with how the manager wants his team to work off the ball, as he presses far more frequently.
Therefore, van Bronckhorst must push for the Gers to rescue Gilmour from Chelsea, which would then allow them to sell Kamara to Nice.