Leeds United have been advocated for Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour’s next destination because of two key Marcelo Bielsa factors.
Gilmour has been extremely under-utilised by Norwich so far this season. He had been excellent in his displays for his parent club and Scotland. But the Canaries have barely played him, despite sitting rock bottom in the Premier League table.
The 20-year-old midfielder has picked up just six appearances this campaign and has featured more for his country.
Thomas Tuchel is consequently considering cutting his loan deal short and recalling the youngster in the January transfer window.
Should he return to Stamford Bridge, it’s likely a new suitor would be sought for Gilmour. After all, he left west London to try and play regular football.
And Kevin Phillips believes Elland Road could be the ideal destination because of Bielsa’s style of football and track record with young players.
Phillips told Football Insider: “Gilmour hasn’t got much game time under his belt, and I can’t see why with where Norwich are in the league.
“There’s no point in him going back to Chelsea because he will hardly play.
“He should go back out on loan to somewhere like Leeds. Bielsa plays good football, they aren’t rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, and he will probably get more game time.
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“Leeds play more of the type of football Gilmour is suited to, so it would be a great move for him. We’ve seen Bielsa get the best out of some youngsters and there’s no reason why he couldn’t do that with Gilmour.
“His next move has to be to go somewhere where he will play. We don’t want a young player completely disappearing.”
Gilmour could of course yet stay with Norwich because of Daniel Farke’s exit. New boss Dean Smith may well make more use out of his talent.
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Meanwhile, Leeds have joined the chase for Middlesbrough’s Marcus Tavernier and are considering a January move for the exciting midfielder, TEAMtalk has learned.
The Leeds-born 22-year-old has come through Boro’s highly acclaimed academy. He joined from local rivals Newcastle United when he was aged just 13.
Tavernier signed a new deal in January 2020 with Middlesbrough, and that deal runs out in just over 18 months. It now remains to be seen if Boro can hang onto him beyond January with interest in the player hotting up.
Southampton, Brighton and Burnley have all been watching him closely in the last year. And according to TEAMtalk sources, Leeds are now very much in contention.