The Scotland international signed a £9 million contract with Brighton after being drawn to the thought of playing for Graham Potter, who soon left for Gilmour’s former team, Chelsea.
The recent transfer of Graham Potter to Chelsea, according to Paul Barber, CEO of Brighton, is not “perfect” for Billy Gilmour, a summer signing.
Barber, the CEO of Brighton, has said that he is not concerned about the predicament Gilmour is currently in and is convinced the midfielder would handle this abrupt move well. The player has plenty of time to settle in before being called upon because the club will not be in action until October 1.
The midfielder made the switch, leaving Stamford Bridge for the South Coast, signing a four-year contract with the Seagulls. Thomas Tuchel, the former Blues manager, had judged Gilmour unnecessary, but on Thursday, he was fired from his position and promptly replaced by Potter, the former manager of Brighton.
Although it has been suggested that Gilmour only joined Brighton to play under Potter, it isn’t accurate. Although the prospect of working under one of the most exciting managers in the business was appealing, he stands by his decision to transfer, and he still has a great working connection with the club’s technical director David Weir from their time spent together at Rangers.
After receiving little playing time at Chelsea and a dismal loan spell with relegated Norwich last season, Gilmour has already made clear why he wants to join the Seagulls, stating that he was desperate to “enjoy” his football once more.
The 21-year-old said in an interview with My Albion TV that he thinks Brighton plays excellent football, in a way that he like, with wonderful passing, and that manager [Potter] is also well-liked. He’s great.
He went on to say that he knew a few players who play here, like Levi Colwill and Tariq Lamptey and that he felt a desire to come. Consequently, when I asked them, they responded by praising the club. The prospect of joining excites me.