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.

Chelsea v Luton Town: The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 24: Billy Gilmour of Chelsea during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Luton Town at Stamford Bridge on January 24, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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.

Chelsea FC v FC Krasnodar: Group E - UEFA Champions League
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: Billy Gilmour of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Chelsea FC and FC Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge on December 8, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

“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.

Chelsea v Morecambe: FA Cup Third Round
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: Billy Gilmour of Chelsea on the ball whilst under pressure from Aaron Wildig of Morecambe during the FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Morecambe at Stamford Bridge on January 10, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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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