The Athletic’s Greg O’Keeffe has claimed on the All Together Now podcast that Everton could be looking at Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour.
The 21-year-old was on loan at Norwich City this season, and returns to Stamford Bridge with he faces Blues regulars Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, and Mateo Kovacic in front of him.
With Conor Gallagher coming back from a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace, he won the Eagles’ Player of the Year award, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek making 24 league appearances last season, the Scotland international may be allowed to go on loan again in order to give him gametime.
The youngster has a good relationship with Toffees boss Frank Lampard, who gave him his debut when he was managing at the west London club.
With this in mind, O’Keeffe has claimed that the £10.8m-rated ace could go to the Merseyside club on loan.
“Probably the former, that’s how I understand it as well, another season on loan definitely and then they’ll make a decision at the end of that season, whether or not they think they’ve seen sufficient improvements from him or not. from him or not. So in that case, he’s someone that Everton and Lampard might consider.”
Our Thoughts on O’Keeffe’s Gilmour Claim
The 5 foot 7 midfielder is a player that has long been seen as one to watch. After his performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup in 2020, Roy Keane called him “fantastic”.
“From his performance the other night, he was fantastic.
“As the game started I literally got out of my seat, which I very rarely do, and I thought, ‘Who is this kid?’
“There are certain traits you want from a midfielder, quality on the ball, football intelligence, composure.
“He had everything, it was one of the best performances I have seen in a long, long time.”
The Cobham Academy graduate has shown glimpses of that potential while playing for the Canaries, being in the team’s top three for key passes, passes per game, and pass accuracy.
The Toffees could really use his ability on the ball, having had the lowest average possession in the Premier League with just 39.7% of the ball.