Sky Sports pundit predicts who will end Everton pursuit of Frank Lampard favourite Billy Gilmour
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Kevin Campbell “just can’t see” Everton going for Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour any more after the arrival of Amadou Onana at the club.
The huge young star arrived for £33million and made his debut at Villa Park on Saturday (13 August), packing more action in the final 10 minutes than his teammates had for the other 80 as he gave away the ball in the build-up for Emi Buendia’s strike, then bamboozled Diego Carlos to force Lucas Digne to score an own-goal immediately after, before almost stabbing home a late equaliser.
And with Idrissa Gueye still supposedly on the cards Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, no longer sees space in the Toffees midfield for the young Scottish international despite him long being linked with a move due to his relationship with Frank Lampard.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said of the youngster: “He’d definitely want to be guaranteed [games].
“If Gueye and Onana are coming in I don’t see them going for Billy Gilmour.
“Gueye’s an all-action holding midfielder. Onana, his best position is box to box, a bit like [Abdoulaye] Doucouré.
“[Alex] Iwobi had to play in there against Chelsea. He’d done very well to be honest, he played really well.
“But having the size and structure, and athleticism, of that midfield, all of a sudden it might give Everton another dimension.
“Because Onana’s a big unit. He’s a real big unit, six foot five, but can play and get up and down the pitch.
“It’s going to be an interesting midfield.”
Onana certainly adds a significant new presence to the Everton midfield, and is actually a month younger than Gilmour, despite having nearly a foot in height over him.
Assuming Gueye does still arrive it would be a very crowded field at Goodison Park, and with Gilmour struggling on loan at Norwich last season Chelsea can’t afford to have him lose another year of progress.
Lampard gave him his debut at Stamford Bridge and he thrived under the Toffees boss, so should the deal with PSG fall through there is still a possibility one with his former side can be done, but the manager will need to see a clear use for the 21-year-old to make it happen.