John McGinn convinced Chelsea's 20-year-old is already world-class after international display

Aston Villa star John McGinn was full of praise for on-loan Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour after Scotland’s dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Israel on Saturday.

The 20-year-old, who is currently on loan at Norwich City, seems to have cemented his place among Scotland’s starting midfielders under Steve Clarke.

It was his fourth start for Scotland in the World Cup qualifiers, and he has yet to miss a game so far.

Clarke often plays him in a deeper midfield role, likely to utilise his impressive passing range.

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Gilmour played five successful long balls against Israel, the second-most in the game after his teammate Kieran Tierney who plays in the left centre-back position.

However, what made him really outstanding on Saturday was his work rate. He made 10 recovered the possession for Scotland a remarkable ten times, the joint-highest in the game.

Well, his midfield partner McGinn is even convinced that Gilmour has already reached an elite level at such a young age.

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“He’s a world-class player,” the Aston Villa man said about Gilmour after the game (via BBC).

“He’s going through a wee rough patch at Norwich and frustrated not to be playing. But when he’s in the Scotland jersey, he’s always at the top of his game.

“He’s learning on the job as well.”

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McGinn was likely referring to Gilmour’s not featuring in Norwich City’s last two games before the international break.

To be fair, Gilmour also picked up a knock last week, and he missed at least one training session as a result.

The Canaries boss Daniel Farke has also been in a difficult spot after picking up just one point from seven league games and might have simply wanted to experiment with new ideas.

Given Gilmour’s form and his talent in general, however, he will be back on Norwich City’s team sheets — hopefully sooner rather than later.

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