Frank McAvennie: Billy Gilmour could be good signing for West Ham
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Frank McAvennie has suggested that Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour could thrive at West Ham but warned he may not get the regular first-team football he desires.
Gilmour, 20, has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer after making just five Premier League appearances during the 2020/21 campaign.
The Sun reported earlier this month [08/06/21] that the ex-Rangers youth star was considering a loan move to kickstart his senior career.
The Scotland international is currently starring at the European Championships, picking up the Man of the Match award against England on Friday night, and ex-Irons striker McAvennie says he is a big fan.
“I think he’s a wonderful talent,” he told West Ham Zone. “I would love to see him at West Ham.
“But they have a lot of players that are similar to him.
“Gilmour could go anywhere he wants, I’m convinced of that. He could do a job in that West Ham midfield but he would need to start every game.
“I’m not sure we can guarantee him that.”
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Gilmour would be a fabulous addition to the West Ham midfield, and his style of play reminds us of Mark Noble in his earlier days – energetic, snappy in the tackle, and able to dictate games with immense passing abilities.
But as McAvennie alludes to, there could be a few stumbling blocks to any potential deal if we were to register an interest in Gilmour.
He, and Chelsea, would want to ensure regular game time, in the form of consistent starts. With Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek firmly established at the heart of midfield, could we really offer that?
Probably not, although our Europa League campaign will increase our workload and mean the duo will need cover, with only Noble currently able to deputise from deep.
In other West Ham news, an English striker wanted by the Irons is up for grabs for just £8million now.