Chelsea and Scotland star Billy Gilmour is the sort of midfielder that would keep things ticking over at Southampton, says former player Carlton Palmer.
Gilmour could be available for loan this summer, with The Athletic recently reporting that newly-promoted Norwich City are looking to bring him in but are likely to face Premier League competition.
The 20-year-old stole the show when Scotland took on England at Euro 2020, winning Star of the Match in the 0-0 draw, before missing his country’s final game against Croatia after testing positive for Covid-19.
Asked if Gilmour, who completed the most passes for Scotland in that fixture versus England (via WhoScored), could be perfect for a team like Southampton, Palmer told FFC:
“For sure, for sure. I mean, the one thing you have to do in the Premier League, you have to be able to retain the football. It’s not like the Championship. You can’t get possession and give the ball away because against the better sides, you won’t get the ball back and they’ll do damage to you.
“So if you can get somebody who can keep the ball moving, keep it ticking over, keep possession, be progressive, then obviously it fits.”
As he showed with his display at Wembley, Gilmour is capable of doing just that. Southampton were also in the top eight last season for average possession so, all in all, the Scottish youngster looks like a good fit for the south coast club.