Graeme Souness believes Billy Gilmour could become a ‘fabulous’ player and follow Phil Foden’s example at Manchester City by staying at Chelsea and not heading out on a loan.
Norwich City have been trying to signChelsea
on loan but have faced competition from other clubs, with Chelsea also considering the idea of him getting more game time next season.
Gilmour was awarded UEFA’s man-of-the-match award afterScotland
’s game againstEngland
. Unfortunately, he then contracted coronavirus and missed their finalEuro 2020
group game against Croatia on Tuesday.
Although Scotland exited Euro 2020 with just the point against England to their name, Gilmour’s performance impressed everyone after a battling display reduced England to just the one shot on target in the goalless draw.
believes Gilmour should stay at Stamford Bridge, referencing the fact England forward
remained at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola when a loan spell might have given him more playing time in previous seasons.
Souness toldSky Sports News
"I'd personally keep him at Chelsea. I think Jorginho has to be looking over his shoulder. He'll be challenging him more than anyone else. I look at Phil Foden at City and Pep didn't let him go out on loan.
"I look back on my own career and think how did I improve - there were no words of wisdom, no sentence any coach said to me, there was no watershed moment in my career where I turned a corner.
"What made me better, I was 23, went to Liverpool, arguably the best team in the world - certainly the best team in Europe - and I was playing with fabulous players in training every single day.
"I learned to think quicker, to improve my touch, move the ball quicker, and just being around winners - Chelsea have got bundles of them - that will improve him more than playing in a lesser team where it's a battle every week. That's how I see it, Phil Foden is an argument for that.”
Foden made 50 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City in the last season. He saw his role increased after the departure of David Silva, while he was often favored over Raheem Sterling in the latter parts of the season.
Last season could be considered Foden’s best season for Manchester City, almost doubling his minutes from the last season, also being named PFA Young Player of the Year with nine goals in the Premier League.
On the other hand, Gilmour was out with a knee injury when the season began but was able to make 11 appearances, starting Chelsea’s first four FA Cup games as well as league games against Fulham, Manchester City, and Arsenal in May.
Souness believes Gilmour could become a ‘fabulous’ player, with the Scot only making his international debut just before the European Championship in a warm-up game against the Netherlands.
"He was willing to take the ball in tight areas," Souness said. "There was so much to admire [against England]. I was concerned about the tempo of the game and was thinking he'd blow up but he didn’t.
"He showed real character and wanted to be the boss on the pitch. That's at 20 years old at Wembley in a team that didn't do well in their first game. If that's his level he's going to be a fabulous little player."