The CEO of Brighton has admitted that Billy Gilmour is in a ‘far from ideal’ situation after Graham Potter’s exit for Chelsea.
However, Paul Barber believes the Scotland international will have the necessary resilience to make a success of himself at Brighton after leaving Chelsea on deadline day. Of course, just a few days later, head coach Potter moved in the opposite direction.
It has prompted a lot of discussion about Gilmour’s position since. Some feel he may have had more of a chance at Chelsea under Potter. There have even been suggestions that Todd Boehly wanted him to stick it out. Now, though, his days with the Blues are behind him.
Brighton chief Paul Barber is not backing away from the fact that Potter’s exit has not been good news for Gilmour. However, there are aspects on the flipside that need to be considered.
For example, a report from Sussex Live has denied claims that Gilmour only chose Brighton because of Potter. The outlet points to his relationship with technical director David Weir from their Rangers past; there is also the crucial claim that the 21-year-old does not regret his decision.
Quotes are also carried from Barber, who has explained why the ‘very mature’ Gilmour has a good chance of getting to grips with what Brighton will want from him despite Potter’s exit.
The CEO said: “It isn’t ideal, far from ideal.
“But my experience of working with professional footballers for the last 25 years is that they are resilient and pragmatic. They take a lot of support from senior players at the squad.
“My limited experience of talking to Billy is that he is a very calm and very mature young man.
Brighton being patient with Billy Gilmour
“He has been around football all his life and I’m sure he will take this in his stride. He will be helped by the other players and by Andrew Crofts and Shannon Ruth as need be.
“The fortunate position we are in is that we are not facing Premier League matches tomorrow, this week or next week. We have time.
“Billy is still finding his way around the training ground, let alone a new coach. The timing around the transfer window closing was always potentially going to leave one or two players in Billy’s situation if this happens.
“Players are resilient and professional and we have a good group and the senior players will bridge any gap that might exist and we will move on from there.”
Gilmour only made one substitute appearance under Potter for Brighton before the coach headed for Chelsea. The Seagulls are still searching for a replacement, whom Gilmour will be hoping can get the best out of him.
Indeed, after a disappointing loan spell with Norwich City, the midfielder needs to utilise his new platform to get back on track. Even if some of the circumstances are different to what he may have expected when he signed up, Brighton could provide him with the environment he needs.