Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour may start to become anxious - TCC View
Thomas Tuchel has certainly had a frantic beginning to his reign as Chelsea manager since taking charge at the end of January.
The Blues boss is unbeaten in eight games across all competitions and has completely changed the formation, plus he’s had wins over both Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is one man that has come under the spotlight after receiving public criticism and also being used in an unfamiliar wing-back position, plus the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are back in favour.
With so much happening right now at Stamford Bridge, one player that may have been somewhat forgotten is Billy Gilmour.
Gilmour, 19, is an exciting first-team player that was integrated to the senior group by ex-boss Frank Lampard and is viewed as a huge talent.
The central midfielder was even dubbed “fantastic” by Cesc Fabregas back in March 2020.
But Gilmour should be starting to feel a little anxious after a slow individual start under Tuchel.
The Scottish teenager’s only appearance under him so far came in the FA Cup, while in the Premier League he’s not always been included in the match day squad.
Gilmour will know he won’t yet be starting games regularly and that he’s competing alongside experienced teammtes N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho in the centre of the park.
But the fact he’s not even getting any late cameos is a concern, especially as it’s a clean slate for players since Tuchel arrived and he’s taken a good look at most of the squad.
Tuchel certainly views him as the fourth-choice option in midfield, which is why he just needs to be ready to show what he can do when he gets an opportunity.
He’s a diminutive 5ft 7in midfielder that has perhaps taken a step backwards due to Lampard’s exit, but he’s got the individual talent and the composure in possession to show he could suit the new manager’s style.
Gilmour should be a little nervous and frustrated that his progress may have been stalled a little bit, which is why he needs to stay patient.