Nottingham Forest are set to do battle with Leeds United to secure the loan services of Chelsea sensation Billy Gilmour, according to London Football News.
The 18-year-old is extremely highly-rated by Frank Lampard and the coaching staff at Stamford Bridge, with the boss handing him his first-team debut earlier this season.
A midfielder who signed from Rangers, Gilmour has also been included in Lampard’s 25-man squad for the club’s Champions League campaign.
The report suggests that Gilmour may look to head out on loan for more frequent football in January. Leeds and Forest are apparently two clubs constantly monitoring younger players at Chelsea.
Good on the ball and strong in the challenge, Gilmour played 90 minutes in the 7-1 win over Grimsby in the Carabao Cup and also came on for his Premier League debut in a draw against Sheffield United.
Forest added 12 new players to their ranks during the summer and sat second in the division going into the second international break of the season.
Seat Pitch Summary – Do Forest really need another midfielder?
Gilmour boasts undoubted quality and his Chelsea appearances at such a tender age indicate they rate him highly. Do Forest really need another player who can operate in the middle of the park, however?
Ben Watson, Samba Sow, Alfa Semedo, John Bostock, Tiago Silva, Ryan Yates and Brennan Johnson are all capable of operating in the centre of midfield and it would be a surprise signing.
Gilmour has 11 caps for the Scotland under-21 team and can clearly play. Should Forest loan him it would seem likely that he will feature, rather than sit on the bench.
That could mean bad news for one or two of Forest’s current midfielders and there is surely a question to be asked of whether the Reds would be wise not to pursue his signature.
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