Billy Gilmour vs Jorginho: Liverpool legend tells Tuchel what to do

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel refused to send out Billy Gilmour on loan last season, after taking over the Chelsea job from Frank Lampard.

Tuchel didn’t give the young midfielder much playing time until later in the season, even though he was gradually getting into the first team under Frank Lampard.

Clubs are already lining up for Gilmour this summer, especially after a massive show in the European Championship where he was named man of the match in his only Euro 2020 appearance, having dominated the midfield against England.

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness believes Tuchel must make a decision on Gilmour and doesn’t believe that the youngster has to go out on loan again.

Souness said: “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.”

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