Chelsea prospect keen to leave on loan

Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour has told the Daily Record he is keen to move on loan in order to play first-team football.

The likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have impressed in the Championship since leaving Chelsea on loan.

And highly-rated midfielder Gilmour believes he would benefit from similar experience.

“You see all the boys going out on loan at Chelsea and how much it’s benefiting them,” he said.

“Jake Clarke-Salter and Fikayo Tomori are out just now at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland and at Derby County.

“Tammy Abraham is at Aston Villa and Mason Mount is another at Derby and he has just been called into the full England squad.

“I played Under-18s last year to settle in. Now I’ve moved up to Under-23 and will try to kick on. I’ll take it bit by bit.”

Scotland Under-21 manager Scot Gemmill believes Gilmour is progressing well at Chelsea, who signed him from Glasgow Rangers last year.

“I’m 100% sure there is a plan in place for Billy,” said Gemmill.

“Chelsea have a real strategy with players. We all know how difficult it is to get into that first team so there will definitely be a plan.

“If and when that loan happens Billy gives me the impression that he will have a huge influence on the choice of club because he knows what he wants.

“He is clever and willing enough to make it happen.”