Former Nottingham Forest player Roy Keane told Sky Sports on Sunday that reported January target Billy Gilmour looked like a world-class player.
It asks the question of whether Forest missed a trick in not being more pro-active in the pursuit of the Scot who was also wanted by Leeds in January (The Scottish Sun).
Gilmour was a shining light against Liverpool in the FA Cup last week and he backed that up with a stunning performance during a 4-0 win over Everton yesterday.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was willing to sanction a loan move for the 18-year-old in January and it looks as though Forest might have missed a trick.
Keane knows a thing or two about playing in midfield and he was blown away by the youngster during last Tuesday’s game against Liverpool.
He told Sky Sports: “He was fantastic. I was sitting at home having a cup of team and some chocolate and I didn’t have the volume on, as the game started. I literally got out of my seat and said, ‘who is this kid in midfield?’
“There are certain traits you want from a midfielder, obviously quality on the ball, football intelligence, composure, he had everything.
“His general play, the way he started, he was like a world-class player, that’s what he looked like, straight away. I thought it was one of their experienced lads. Everything he did had quality written all over it.”
Forest didn’t add another midfielder to their squad during the January window. Certainly, the decision not to try and get Gilmour now looks a bit foolish.
The Reds are blessed with a few options in the middle of the park. Ben Watson has been a mainstay and when fit, Samba Sow has also been a regular in the team.
Alfa Semedo and Ryan Yates have also featured, although both have occasionally looked off the pace.
The energy and youthful exuberance might have proved a useful addition to Forest during the business end of the season.
According to Who Scored, Gilmour completed 93% of his passes for Chelsea yesterday. He was neat and tidy and looks as good without the ball as he does with it.
At some point, the youngster may still head out on loan. It would seem after his latest performances, however, that Premier League clubs would be in the queue should Chelsea make that call.
Forest are in a fight for a play-off place after Friday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Millwall and Sabri Lamouchi has some decisions to make ahead of next weekend’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, particularly in football, and Forest might live to regret not adding Gilmour to their ranks for six months back in January.