75 touches, 4 tackles: On-loan Chelsea player impressed yesterday despite national team loss

Billy Gilmour gave a good reminder of what Chelsea will be missing this season whilst away with the Scotland team last night.

Gilmour started for Steve Clarke’s side in their opening World Cup qualifying fixture against Denmark.

Although the Danes claimed a 2-0 victory, aided by the Blues’ very own Andreas Christensen, the miniature Scot stood out amongst his senior peers.

WhoScored.com provided a decent oversight of the 20-year-old’s latest international display.


According to the statistics site, Gilmour attempted 62 passes against Denmark, more than any of his compatriots.

They also had him down for completing four tackles, another high amongst Clarke’s men.

He and Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson shared the record for the greatest number of touches (75 each).

Plus, the Chelsea academy graduate chipped in with a key pass, completed one dribble and attempted a shot.

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Billy the kid

This display will not only enthuse Blues fans but followers of Norwich City as well.

Daniel Farke signed Gilmour on a season-long loan from the Champions League holders and he is already embezzled into the team.

The midfielder has started all three of Norwich’s opening Premier League matches.

Unfortunately, each ended in defeat, albeit at the hands of Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City.

Yet, this should not dishearten Gilmour. Every day is a new learning curve for the boy from Irvine.

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There are few better experiences than playing regularly for a topflight first team, something Chelsea have yet to offer.

He should also take great pride looking back at his previous run-outs for Scotland.

His exhibition at the European Championships against England will live long in the memory of the Tartan Army.

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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.