Thomas Tuchel has named Chelsea player whose passing has impressed him

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he’s been impressed with the passing ability of youngster Billy Gilmour in training.

Gilmour, 19, is a rising talent in the Blues first-team squad, but he’s yet to play a minute during Tuchel’s opening four games in charge. 

He’s a Scottish central midfielder that has played 17 senior games at Stamford Bridge and made a breakthrough in last year’s FA Cup.

With Chelsea travelling to Championship opponents Barnsley on Thursday night in the FA Cup fifth round, Gilmour will be hoping to get some action.

The 5ft 7in midfielder has incredible technique with his passing, dribbling and ball retention, plus he’s an aggressive tackler and a hard worker.


Despite the fact Gilmour is yet to play under Tuchel, the German manager has given a glowing verdict on what he’s been like in training and it suggests he’s got a future moving forward. 

“As a player, he has a lot of qualities,” Tuchel said, as quoted by Fooball.London.

“He is very self-confident in our training games, is very strong on the ball, is a very strong passer, and is very smart in finding positions.”

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Chelsea fans have seen enough of Gilmour to know he’s got huge potential, which is why it’s important to nurture him well during such a key part of his development. 

They opted against loaning him out last month, so he needs to play some senior minutes and he’ll also benefit massively from training every day as part of the main group.

He’s in a great position where he can learn from the senior trio of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.

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