'Outstanding': Wright-Phillips claims 20-year-old Chelsea prospect would already be starting for most PL teams
Shaun Wright-Phillips has said that Chelsea prospect Billy Gilmour would already be starting for most teams in the Premier League.
Gilmour, 20, is a Chelsea talent that was loaned out to league rivals Norwich City this season.
Unfortunately, the young midfielder has made just five league appearances since a season-long loan switch to Carrow Road.
The Scottish central midfielder spent a string of games omitted from the Norwich side, however, a change of manager has breathed new life into his loan.
Gilmour started and assisted at the weekend against Southampton during the first game of Dean Smith’s reign as Norwich manager.
Ex-Chelsea player Wright-Phillips thinks the loaned-out Blues man would already be playing for most in the division. Likewise, Harry Redknapp recently questioned why he was not a regular under ex-Norwich boss Daniel Farke.
“Billy, since the sacking of the manager and Dean Smith’s gone in, apart from Scotland Billy is playing outstanding well. He played magnificently for Norwich on Saturday,” Wright-Phillips said.
“The way he plays for Scotland, he’ll fit into a lot of Premier League teams’ starting XI’s every game and possibly some teams’ first name on the team sheet.”
Does Gilmour have Chelsea future?
In a strange way it’s a positive to see Gilmour face real challenges during his loan because it’s only going to help shape him into a better player.
If he’s not consistently in the Norwich XI then his loan needs to be reevaluated in January, but he’s now got a chance to start fresh with Smith.
The way he performs like a seasoned veteran on the international stage with Scotland is why you should bet on him becoming a future Chelsea player.
He didn’t look out of place during 22 first-team games in a Chelsea shirt, but hopefully he returns next summer a more complete individual.
Gilmour should have eyes on being the long-term successor to Jorginho.
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