New Brighton midfielder Billy Gilmour could easily end up playing for Liverpool or Manchester City in the future.
That’s according to pundit Pat Nevin. Speaking to The Herald, Nevin claimed that Gilmour, who left Chelsea for Brighton on deadline day, could be back at a club like Liverpool in ‘four or five years.’
“Billy Gilmour is at a crucial point in his career, and the move to Brighton is brilliant. It’s the right move. Chelsea won’t regret selling him because that’s not the way they think as a club – but they may want to buy him back again,” said the former player.
“Four or five years down the line, I won’t be surprised if he’s playing in the Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea midfield – he’s that technically good.”
Having signed for Chelsea from Rangers at sixteen, he made his first-team debut two years later. After impressing in his 22 appearances at Stamford Bridge, he joined Norwich City on-loan last season to gain first-team experience.
Unfortunately for Gilmour, things didn’t go to plan at Norwich. He was swallowed up by the Canaries dismal season and failed to impose himself on games.
Despite that, he is still clearly very highly rated. With fifteen caps for Scotland already, he’s seen as being the future of the midfield for his country.
There’s no doubt that this is a big season for the 21-year-old, though. Do well, and he could well have the likes of Liverpool knocking on the door.
The Reds are well-known to be in the market for midfielders. Gilmour’s age and experience could make him an attractive option.
As the rest of the Premier League are becoming aware though, Brighton don’t sell players on the cheap. It’s true that they’ve signed him for a relatively small fee. But if he does well, they know they can potentially quadruple that figure.