By Azeem Siddiqui

4th Aug, 2022 | 10:15pm

Everton likely destination for Billy Gilmour this summer – Matt Law

Everton are still the likely destination for Chelsea young midfielder Billy Gilmour this summer, according to Daily Telegraph journalist Matt Law.

The 21-year-old has two years left on his deal at Stamford Bridge and has been attracting interest from the Toffees where manager Frank Lampard is keen on bringing the player to the club.

Law, while talking on London Is Blue podcast on August 3, suggested that the player is 99 per cent certain to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

“I’m 99% sure will leave on loan again at some point in this window, and if you’re asking me today where I think he’ll go it would be Everton,” Law said.

“I know Everton have got other targets. They’ve got quite a few midfield targets and I think they’re waiting to see how the market pans out.

“From what I’m told, Lampard thinks Gilmour can play brilliantly alongside somebody with legs, If Everton sign Idrissa Gueye like they’re trying to I actually think that would increase the chances of them then signing Gilmour on loan.”

Lampard’s Favourite

There is no secret about Frank Lampard’s admiration for the young Chelsea midfielder. As a great midfielder himself, the former England international has always had an eye for talent in the middle of the park and he has been one of Gilmour’s biggest admirers.

Considering the options Everton have in the midfield for next season, Gilmour would be a fantastic addition. Despite the relegation, he was one of the few bright sparks for Norwich last season.

In the 24 Premier League games he played for Norwich, the 21-year-old averaged a key pass per game and had a pass completion rate of 83.7% [Whoscored].

Gilmour can play both as a central midfielder and a defensive midfielder. If he moves to Everton, he is likely to play in a more central role considering the expected arrival of Idrissa Gana Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Looking at his age and potential, he has a lot of room for improvement and Lampard will be hoping to bring the best out of him, something similar to what he has achieved in the past with the likes of Mason Mount.