'8/10', 'Composed and clever': National media raves about 20-year-old Chelsea prospect's display for his country
Chelsea prospect Billy Gilmour racked up his 11th senior cap for Scotland last night at Hampden Park, which resulted in rave reviews from the national media.
Gilmour, 20, is an extremely talented youngster on Chelsea’s books.
The central midfielder’s made 22 first-team appearances for the Blues but is spending this season out on loan with Premier League rivals Norwich City to try help develop his game.
As he still looks to find his way at club level, his rise on the international stage is in full swing.
He started and played 77 minutes last night in Scotland’s 1-1 draw at home to Poland in a friendly match.
Scottish media outlet the Daily Record gave Gilmour an impressive 8/10 match rating for his individual performance and were full of praise.
“Composed and clever. Demanded possession. Deflected shot saved. Brilliant stealing of the ball and through pass almost set-up McGinn. Miraculous goal line clearance. Excellent,” they wrote.
A miraculous last-ditch clearance from the youngster was the highlight of a really encouraging display.
Gilmour has Chelsea future
Yes, this season’s loan at Norwich hasn’t gone perfectly so far.
The midfield playmaker hasn’t been able to nail down a starting position during times of the campaign, plus he’s playing in a team fighting hard for survival in a different style that he may be used to.
However, the talented technician has the potential to be a regular Chelsea first teamer.
Blues manager Thomas Tuchel reportedly played an important role in Gilmour leaving on loan and sees a future for him at Stamford Bridge, so the player must keeping working hard with Norwich before returning in pre-season.