By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

28th Jun, 2022 | 6:40pm

Sky Sports pundit wants Everton to move fast for Billy Gilmour loan move

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Kevin Campbell thinks Billy Gilmour is a “really good player” and that Everton should not “mess around” in attempting a loan move.

The Scottish midfielder is one of a few young Chelsea talents who are of interest to Toffees boss Frank Lampard, along with Levi Colwill and Conor Gallagher, according to Ryan Taylor at the Express, and with loan rules specifying that only one loan between Premier League club is permitted at a time the manager has a decision to make.

Sky Sports pundit Campbell expects the 21-year-old to be a player that Thomas Tuchel has long term plans for so a temporary deal would be necessary, and while he also likes defender Colwill, 19, he feels Gilmour is certainly a talent who could benefit the club and the transitional period at Stamford Bridge could aid an approach.

“Yeah he is a good player, but there’s only so many players you can get on loan,” Campbell said, speaking exclusively to Goodison News.

“So maybe a loan, or you’re looking to sign some [players]. That’s the other thing, that’s what you’ve got to be looking to do.

“If you know they’re young and they’ve got the quality then you go and sign them, don’t mess around.

“The fact of the matter is Chelsea are in a little bit of a transition upstairs and you might be able to test their arm and get some of these players. 

“But I think Billy Gilmour’s one that Chelsea want to keep hold of so that might have to be a loan.

“He’s a really good player.”

Gilmour didn’t have a great time on loan with Norwich in the 2021/22 season but, assuming the Toffees rebound and don’t find themselves in another relegation battle, the environment at Goodison should be preferable.

He has a good history under Lampard, making his first team Chelsea debut and turning in man-of-the-match performances in his first two starts.

But the ongoing interest in a move for Harry Winks could suggest that the manager is locked in on Colwill as the loan deal he wants most from his former side, with Gallagher probably the least likely to be available in any way.