Chelsea face a busy summer of decision making as far as the transfer window is concerned, in terms of both new arrivals and departures.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness believes Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel should refrain from sending midfielder Billy Gilmour out on loan ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
The defensive-midfielder, who played a starring role in Scotland’s goalless draw with England at Euro 2020 last week, has been closely linked with a move to Norwich City over the last few days, with The Athletic revealing that the Canaries hope to sign him on a season long-loan deal.
The Canaries believe that they would be able to offer Gilmour exactly what he is looking for in the next step of his development, that being regular first-team football at Premier League level.
However, former Liverpool and Scotland defender Souness, who waxed lyrical about Gilmour following last week’s clash with England, believes Tuchel should take a leaf out of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s book and look at how he managed Phil Foden’s potential during his breakthrough period, insisting that Gilmour would be better off staying at Stamford Bridge and learning from those around him.
Souness told Sky Sports: “Personally, I would keep him at Chelsea. I think Jorginho has to be looking over his shoulder, personally.
“I know it is a slightly different position but I think he will be challenging him more than anyone else”
“What made me better… I think I was 23, I went to Liverpool, who were the best team in the world, arguably. They were certainly the best team in Europe and I was playing with fabulous players in training every single day.
“I learnt to think quicker, learnt to improve my touch, move the ball quicker and just be around winners and top players – and Chelsea have got bundles of them now; that will improve him more than playing in a lesser team, when it is a battle and a slog every week. That is how I see it.
“I think Phil Foden is an argument for that.”