Chelsea have been hit with a two-window transfer ban after breaching FIFA rules about signing minors.
They were found guilty of breaking article 19, which relates to the transfer of players under the age of 18.
And now the first team will pay the price, with the Stamford Bridge club not able to sign players this summer and in the 2020 January window.
It’s already been said that Chelsea have more than enough players contracted to the club to cope with not being able to sign any more.
So what does this all mean for Billy Gilmour?
The Scottish youth international is one of the most highly rated players in the club’s academy – and here’s what we hope happens with him as a result of the ban:
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Chelsea currently have 41 players out on loan, including Tammy Abraham, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Michy Batshuayi, Alvaro Morata, Victor Moses and Kurt Zouma. That suggests there’s a problem at first team level. Abraham leads the way in youth academy graduates who haven’t been given a chance – and names like Lewis Baker, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori and Trevoh Chalobah only support the suggestion that Chelsea’s top youth players just aren’t getting a chance and instead have to pursue first team opportunities out on loan. That has to change – and it may come at the perfect time for Gilmour.
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There are more and more opportunities for Gilmour to get a first team debut between now and the end of the season as Chelsea’s form continues to be inconsistent. They’re not playing like a team capable of reaching the top four, they’re out of the FA Cup and we’d be shocked if they were to win the Europa League. So with less important games to play, maybe a debut for Gilmour and some other quality young talent makes sense to Chelsea with the ban looming over them.
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If Gilmour was to get the above, then a Scotland call-up wouldn’t be far away. The 17-year-old midfielder is already an Under 21 international and taking the step to the next level would come if he were to make a first team impact at Chelsea. For Alex McLeish and the Scotland team, that would be a huge boost.