Graeme Souness has urged Chelsea to keep Billy Gilmour this summer in order for him to challenge Jorginho
Gilmour enjoyed a strong end to last season under Thomas Tuchel and delivered another impressive performance in Scotland’s goalless draw with England at Euro 2020 last Friday.
However, despite his clear talent, Gilmour is now close to joining Norwich City on loan for the new season in order to get regular playing time, but Souness feels that Gilmour should remain at the club in order to improve his development.
‘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 was 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 learnt 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.
‘He was willing to take the ball in tight areas, 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.’