Billy Gilmour’s career at Brighton is already in limbo after the Scotsman ‘left Chelsea alone to play under Graham Potter’… before the Englishman decided to replace Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge
- Billy Gilmour left Chelsea to join Brighton on the day of the deadline for £9m
- Gilmour was persuaded by Graham Potter to move to Amex Stadium
- The midfielder decided to join Brighton so he could play under Potter
- However, Potter has now left Brighton to succeed Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea
- Gilmour now faces an uncertain future as Brighton look for their next manager
Billy Gilmour faces an uncertain future at Brighton after joining the club only so he could play under Graham Potter, according to reports.
The 21-year-old midfielder left Chelsea on the deadline to move to the Amex Stadium for £9 million. He was initially unwilling to leave his youth club, but eventually chose to join the Seagulls after speaking to Potter, with Thomas Tuchel giving him the green light to leave Stamford Bridge.
However, just six days after the transfer was completed, Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea and replaced by Potter the following day.
Billy Gilmour came to Brighton on the deadline so he could play under Graham Potter
Potter has since left Brighton to take on the managerial position at Chelsea on a five-year contract
This leaves Brighton without a manager for the time being and Gilmour probably won’t be happy that Potter has left after telling friends he was only going to the South Coast club to work with the Englishman, as reported by The sun.
Gilmour made just a single cameo for Brighton in their 5-2 win against Leicester last weekend before Potter left the club.
He now has to wait and see if he fits into the plans of the next Brighton manager.
Brighton are currently exploring their options as they look for a Potter successor, with Kjetil Knutsen and Roberto De Zerbi reportedly in the running for the role.
Knutsen has done a fine job at Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt in recent years, leading his side to consecutive league titles in 2020 and 2021, while also overseeing a stunning 6-1 win over Roma in the Europa Conference League last season .
Brighton can now turn to Bodo/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen to replace Potter
Roberto De Zerbi is another option for Brighton as they look for their next manager
Whether Gilmour can establish himself as a regular starter in Brighton without Potter remains to be seen
Meanwhile, De Zerbi has largely made his name in his home country of Italy, where he impressed with his attacking style of play at Sassuolo before briefly leading Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk side.
Gilmour will hope he can still make an impact under whoever his next manager may be after a scorching last 12 months.
He was loaned out to Norwich last season but couldn’t prevent them from finishing at the bottom of the Premier League.
He also suffered an ankle problem during his stint with the Canaries, as fans turned against him in a heavy defeat to Crystal Palace in December.
His move to Brighton was seen as a fresh start for the youngster, but he must now prove himself to another manager following Potter’s departure.