Manchester United knocked Chelsea out of the Carabao Cup last night with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. The game was perhaps an intriguing one for Nottingham Forest supporters who got the chance to run the rule over potential loan target Billy Gilmour.
The Sun claimed earlier this month that the highly-rated youngster was a January target for both Forest and Leeds.
Gilmour hasn’t featured for the Blues since being linked with a move away from West London. The 18-year-old has been given the opportunity to shine by Frank Lampard this season; playing three games for the first-team.
With the Blues seeing their Carabao Cup hopes extinguish last night, that might be bad news in terms of Gilmour getting another opportunity any time soon.
That could be a positive for Forest and he highlighted to supporters last night exactly what he is all about.
According to Who Scored, Gilmour finished the contest with a decent 88% pass success ratio, whilst he also had a 67% tackle success.
He looked comfortable in a three-man midfield alongside Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic and showcased a neat and tidy approach to the game.
Experience is key
Playing football is paramount at Gilmour’s age and although he has only played a handful of games for Chelsea, he looks like he might fit nicely into the Forest midfield.
Ben Watson is brilliant at keeping things together from a deeper midfield role, but at 34, he definitely needs some younger legs alongside him.
Forest do have lots of midfield options. The injuries to Alfa Semedo and Samba Sow have already highlighted how stretched the Reds can look with a couple of absentees, however.
John Bostock has looked rusty, whilst Ryan Yates is only just back from a lengthy injury layoff.
Adding another midfielder and one with the youthful exuberance of Gilmour might be a shrewd January move by Sabri Lamouchi.