Former Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour was reportedly “stunned” by Graham Potter’s move to Stamford Bridge just days after convincing him to join Brighton.
The 21-year-old joined the south coast for a fee in the region of £7million – rising to £10million – on deadline day and made his debut off the bench in a 5-2 win over Leicester City three days later.
But that brief added-time cameo last Sunday would be his only game under Potter as the former Swansea manager was appointed Chelsea manager on Thursday.
According to The Sun, Gilmour has told friends the only reason he chose Brighton was because of the way Potter plays – but he’s now in limbo while the Seagulls wait to appoint a new boss .
The Scotland international has been “stunned” by the events of the past few days and may regret his decision to leave Stamford Bridge.
It was Thomas Tuchel who approved his departure, with Germany manager Gilmour having made it clear he would have very few first-team opportunities if he stayed.
Other players have been similarly sidelined under Tuchel, but the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi have only been loaned out – with no purchase clauses – as Chelsea owners already had doubts about their Champions League winners.
Todd Boehly felt some players would still have a future at Stamford Bridge under another manager, but Gilmour does not seem to have been seen in the same light.
The Scot wasn’t even about to leave Chelsea but was persuaded to do so by Potter, but he now faces an anxious wait to see who Brighton appoint as the Englishman’s successor.
Thankfully, the Seagulls’ hierarchy is expected to hire a similarly progressive, possession-focused coach – which likely fits Gilmour’s style.
Speaking of Gilmour after signing him for Brighton, Potter said: “Billy comes with a fantastic pedigree, having played for Scotland in the Premier League and Champions League and last year’s Euros.
“He will complement our existing midfield options. This experience at a fairly young age shows the strength of character he has and we’re really excited about his potential.
“Now it’s about giving him the time to get used to a new environment and to settle into our club. We can’t wait to work with him.”
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