Billy Gilmour wows Brighton after his move from Chelsea


Graham Potter likes a good chat with any potential newcomer.

He spoke to Billy Gilmour in the hours before the Scotland international was confirmed as an Albion player on a four-year deal.

But Albion’s head coach already had a good idea of ​​what made the 21-year-old tick. Of course he did.

Now he looks forward to realizing the full potential of the Chelsea-signed midfielder.

When asked if he enjoyed a good pre-interview, almost interview, with signings, Potter said: “It depends on the context, depends on when we do the signing.

“Mostly yes, through me or indirectly, Kyle (Macaulay) or one of the other employees.

“Most of the time I like to talk to them.

“I spoke to him yesterday.

“But because we’re really aware of him and have done our research, we were very confident with him and felt satisfied with a relatively quick time when it happened.”

Gilmour could operate deep in midfield, although that’s an area where Alexis Mac Allister and Mouses Caicedo have had a good start to the season.

But there are other options, perhaps further ahead.

Potter said, “That’s the exciting part. These things evolve over time.

“The more we get to know him, the better we understand how he can help us and how he can function in our team.

“It’s always about the relationship he has with the players around him.

“I wouldn’t say he’s just one position, he can play in midfield in some areas.

“But it’s not necessarily about the position, it’s about what you’re asking of him when we have the ball, when we don’t have the ball, his role in the team.

“If that suits him and brings out the best in his qualities, then that can make sense.”

Gilmour joins Tariq Lamptey and loanee Levi Colwill in what is developing into a Chelsea connection within the Albion squad.

Potter said, “It’s a bit of a coincidence. Of course, such clubs have great resources and good players – but realistically they can’t all play.

“All three players you mentioned have different situations, different circumstances.

“We just tried to treat them on a case-by-case basis on their individual merits.”

So is there an uncut gem there?

Later in the press conference, the names of Mo Salah and Kevin De Bruyne were mentioned.

As players who were let loose by Chelsea and became world stars.

Can Potter get far more out of these three than they’ve already shown?

The Seagulls boss said: “They are ambitious.

“They want to learn, they want to improve, they want to advance their careers and join us on a journey.

“So there are a lot of things to like about them.

“It’s not easy to get into the first team at big clubs.

“So, you have to have ambition, you have to have determination.

“You have to think, ‘Okay, we have to take a different direction in our career, whatever that is.’

“It’s an opportunity to learn from all the experiences you’ve had and then try to build your own career in a different context, in a different environment.

“Hopefully that’s what we can offer them here.

“We will do our best for them to enjoy their football.”

Asked if he could leave the west London club, Gilmour said: “Obviously it was a difficult decision but I wanted to play football.

“That was the main goal for me.

“Come and enjoy my football, get games regularly so it was a no-brainer.” Billy Gilmour wows Brighton after his move from Chelsea

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