Billy Gilmour apparently resisted Todd Boehly’s best efforts to persuade him to leave Chelsea this summer despite the manager’s wish to sell him.
The Athletic claims that the player eventually achieved his goal of permanently leaving the club because of his desire to avoid being loaned out again.
The Scotland international was up for a deadline-day transfer to Brighton because Graham Potter’s management style and system at the Amex stadium seemed to be a perfect fit for him.
Sadly, after Thomas Tuchel’s unexpected firing last week, Potter was swiftly identified as the top candidate for the Chelsea management role.
According to The Athletic, Boehly allegedly tried to explain the current situation to Gilmour, though obviously without going into great detail about the impending change in management.
Boehly sought to retain Gilmour.
In any case, the American’s attempts fell short, and the 22-year-time old’s at Chelsea came to an end without him making an appearance this year.
Gilmour was removed from the first team’s preseason tour of the United States at the beginning of this summer, making it abundantly evident that Tuchel had other ideas for him.
As a result, he ultimately was not given a jersey number for the forthcoming season, and all indications were that he would be leaving the club.
Gilmour might have been just one new manager away from starting to succeed at Stamford Bridge, so it would have been intriguing to see whether he could have thrived in Potter’s system.
Conor Gallagher, who is still reportedly Tuchel’s favorite player at Stamford Bridge, will be hoping Potter’s introduction will help him as well. Gallagher has been playing out of position this season because to injury issues for some of the team’s first team alternatives.