Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour expected to leave on loan for remainder of the season

The 19-year-old impressed in his display against Luton in the FA Cup last weekend - Catherine Ivill /Getty Images Europe 
The 19-year-old impressed in his display against Luton in the FA Cup last weekend – Catherine Ivill /Getty Images Europe

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is set for a six-month loan away from Stamford Bridge in Thomas Tuchel’s first week at the club.

Gilmour, 19, played in the FA Cup win over Luton Town in Frank Lampard’s last game before his sacking, with Tuchel leaving him out of the matchday squad to face Wolves in his first game in charge.

The teenager is now expected to be given a short-term move to give him regular football and give him a chance of playing at the European Championships for Scotland in the summer.

Premier League clubs have been monitoring his situation and whether Lampard would let him out on loan and there was also interest from clubs abroad, which will make him one of the most sought-after players in the final days of the January transfer window.

He impressed against Luton and came through the victory without injury, with Lampard planning to start him against Wolves if he was still in charge.

Gilmour has started both of Chelsea’s FA Cup games and was also given a start in the Champions League last month as he returned into the first-team plans following knee surgery.

Last season he made a breakthrough into the first team and played 13 matches but he is set to be one of the first youngsters nurtured by Lampard to go out on loan under the new manager.

He arrived from Glasgow Rangers almost four years ago and it was Lampard who gave him his senior debut last season. He was noted for his maturity when he arrived at Chelsea as he went into digs at 16 rather than live with his family like other Academy players.

Gilmour is yet to make his Scotland debut but his progress with Chelsea has put him in the frame for a late call-up to the senior squad with regular games.

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