'World class' Chelsea talent nominated for his nation's player of the year, he's started the last seven games

Chelsea academy graduate Billy Gilmour has been put forward to win Scotland Men’s Player of the Year.

The on-loan Norwich City midfielder joins four other Premier League stars and one Championship forward for the Tartan Army’s top award.

Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney and John McGinn from Aston Villa all made the cut.

Queens Park Rangers striker Lydon Dykes also earned a vote.

Gilmour’s fellow Norwich teammate Grant Hanley has been nominated as well.

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Gilmour the golden boy of Scottish football

In terms of doing it for the Scottish national team, few have performed better in 2021 than the Cobham scholar.

He only made his senior debut in June, but has since become a mainstay in Steve Clarke’s side.

Some players have a knack for impressing on their first steps into the spotlight.

After dominating Liverpool in a Carabao Cup tie last March, Roy Keane called Gilmour ‘world class’.

Following two, noticeable international appearances, the 20-year-old was selected by Clarke to represent his country at the European Championships.

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Unfortunately, Gilmour only played once in the competition, due to testing positive for covid after the second group game.

Scotland crashed out following their 3-1 defeat to Croatia.

There is a general feeling that had their mini-maestro been available, the outcome may have been different.

Bright future for Billy

Yet, the young Canary has seemingly taken that disappointment and harnessed it to power his performances.

Gilmour is on a run of seven consecutive starts for Scotland, more than he’s ever managed for Chelsea or Norwich.

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Perhaps uncoincidentally, the Scots have won six of those seven fixtures and are now just inches away from qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.

Hopefully, for Gilmour’s sake, he makes it to the tournament and rights the wrongs of the Euros.

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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.