Billy Gilmour made his Premier League debut for Chelsea’s senior team in August 2019 against Sheffield United after growing up in both the Rangers FC and Chelsea FC junior academies. Gilmour also competes for the Scotland youth national team.
Thomas Tuchel, the manager of Chelsea, has admitted that he didn’t want to let Billy Gilmour leave after the midfielder signed with Brighton on the final day of the transfer window.
Furthermore, Billy Gilmour acknowledged that it was a “difficult decision” to leave Chelsea but insisted that, after joining Brighton on a permanent basis, he could not deny his desire to play more games.
Gilmour made his debut for Chelsea in 2019 and had sporadic appearances that showed potential, but it was at Euro 2020 that he sprang to prominence, receiving the man of the match award on his debut for Scotland in a draw at home against England
Despite leaving Chelsea with just 21 matches under his belt, the 21-year-old was once seen to be one of the team’s most promising players.
Last year, Blues fans expected him to learn from his experience and improve his game while on loan at Norwich, but at Carrow Road, he appeared entirely out of place.
With Norwich finishing last in the standings, the 21-year-old made 21 Premier League starts but only contributed one assist.
Tuchel had planned to send the Chelsea academy graduate out on loan once more because he was not sure Gilmour was prepared to make the jump to the first squad. However, the player disagreed.
Some Chelsea fans were upset by Brighton’s choice to sign the midfielder, as the club’s options were suffering from injuries and poor form. Brighton paid Brighton an initial £7.5 million for the player.
The arrival of defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria on loan from Juventus provided some good news for the Blues on the final day of the transfer window.
According to Tuchel, this was a very last-minute alternative that was dependent on the numbers we had on the pitch rather than the ones we should have in midfield.