'Got everything': BBC pundit says Chelsea ace is the 'best technical player' for his country

Charlie Adam couldn’t speak highly enough of Billy Gilmour and hoped he would be given more chances by Chelsea before the European Championships, speaking on BBC Radio Five Live.

Gilmour will be hoping to be selected for Steve Clarkes Scotland squad this summer as they tackle their first major tournament since 1998.

However, the Blues talented midfielder was left out of his national team’s World Cup qualifiers this month.

This is a significant blow towards Gilmour’s Euros hopes, which aren’t set to improve unless he plays more regularly for Chelsea.

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But the 19-year-old still has plenty of supporters who believe he is more than good enough to feature for Clarke’s side.

Part of Gilmour’s fan club was Adam, a former Scotland international, who was in absolute awe of his young compatriot.

He said: “Billy Gilmour is probably the best technical player that we have. The young lad has got everything.

“He can hold the ball. He can play round the corner. He sees things. He sees things quicker than probably anyone in that Scotland squad.

“Because of his height, he needs to use his brain quicker. I hope he can find a way of getting a game between now and the end of the season.

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“I would love to see him at the Euros and expressing himself. For me, he is as good as we’ve produced in a long time.”

It’s difficult to argue with Adam considering the ability that Gilmour possesses.

Scotland do have a strong selection of midfielders, including Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Scott McTominay from Manchester United.

What stands Gilmour out from the crowd is his capability of controlling games with his passing.

Unable to physically dominate opponents, the Chelsea teenager has to outsmart them when in possession of the ball.

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Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to demonstrate his full range of skills with the Blues on a consistent basis.

Thomas Tuchel is yet to start the Scotsman in a Premier League match, quite often not even including him on the substitutes bench.

His only real appearances this season have been in the FA Cup and one Champions League tie.

Even in those fleeting moments, Gilmour’s class was apparent. He just needs the platform to recreate this regularly.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.