Bad news for Billy Gilmour? Simon Jordan predicts incoming Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will copy Jose Mourinho by playing ‘established talent’ instead of highly-rated youngsters January 26, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Simon Jordan believes Thomas Tuchel’s impending appointment as Chelsea manager spells bad news for Billy Gilmour.
The highly-rated midfielder enjoyed a first-team breakthrough at Stamford Bridge last season under Frank Lampard, who was sacked by Blues chiefs on Monday.
Lampard also gave plenty of first-team minutes to other youngsters, including Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori.
But the Blues legend was relieved of his duties after a run of two wins from eight league matches and talkSPORT understands Tuchel will succeed the former England midfielder in the dugout this week.
And former Crystal Palace owner Jordan is adamant the German coach will follow Jose Mourinho’s lead by leaning on ready-made players rather than promoting promising talent.
“Tuchel will do precisely what Mourinho did when he came back to Chelsea, which is go to what he thinks is established talent and go to what he thinks will get him instantaneous results,” said Jordan on talkSPORT.
“That then puts the players like Billy Gilmour in challenging positions; specifically Billy Gilmour to some extent because he’s a very young player coming into the side.
“He’s a very good player as well.
“Those guys may find themselves falling by the wayside, but it becomes incumbent upon them to force their way into the side.
“I think the Tuchels of the world won’t mess about.”
Jordan has cited Mourinho’s refusal to play Victor Moses during his second spell in charge of Chelsea as a reason not to disregard young players as regular starters.
The Nigeria winger was loaned to Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham, before returning to the Blues to play a pivotal role in their Premier League-winning 2016/17 season under Antonio Conte.
Jordan added: “I remember looking at Chelsea with Mourinho; I know I’ve got a bit of dog in the fight here, but he insisted upon playing Oscar over Victor Moses.
“He didn’t give Victor Moses a look in because, as far as he was concerned, Victor Moses was somebody who wasn’t on his radar, who wasn’t an established player.
“He’d been at Palace and Wigan, wasn’t this, wasn’t that, wasn’t the other.
“Where’s Oscar now? He’s playing in China for a big bag of money and Victor Moses has gone on to win the Premier League title with Chelsea and played for Liverpool and Inter Milan.
“So I think these guys are a little bit, at times, one dimensional in their view, but they go to what is a guaranteed outcome as far as they’re concerned.”