'On another level': National media say 20-year-old Chelsea talent is their country's most exciting prospect in years
One Chelsea youngster helped his country secure a vital win on Monday night in a World Cup qualifier, which left national media raving about his ability.
Chelsea talent Billy Gilmour, 20, is having a difficult time out on loan this season at Norwich City in his bid for minutes. However, no such issue exists on the international stage.
Gilmour started last night for Scotland during their 2-0 home win against Denmark. Hearts’ John Souttar, along with Southampton’s Che Adams, were both on the scoresheet at Hampden Park. The crucial result means that the Scottish are seeded in the World Cup play-off semi-finals, as they look to reach next year’s tournament in Qatar.
Gilmour seriously impressed one of Scotland’s national media outlets with an 8/10 rating for last night’s performance.
The central midfielder caught the eye during his 74 minutes on the pitch.
“Technically, he looked on another level at points in the first half. Was vital in regaining possession in second half to turn the game after Denmark applied pressure. It’s crazy to think he wasn’t an automatic starter earlier in summer. Scotland’s best prospect in a long time,” Football Scotland wrote.
Gilmour remains supreme Chelsea youngster
For Chelsea fans, they’ve been frustrated at Gilmour’s lack of game time this season during his loan with Norwich. He looks like a seasoned veteran whenever he puts on a Scotland jersey, though.
It’s obvious how much ability the ball-playing midfielder has and he can be a nailed-on starter for his country for the next decade.
Gilmour may be a youngster on Chelsea’s books that some would bet on becoming a key player at Stamford Bridge in the future.
Luck about to change
For Gilmour, he will now return to Norwich into a new environment.
Dean Smith’s appointment as their new manager over the international break should give everyone a clean slate, which is marvellous news for the Chelsea hierarchy.
It’s now time for him to kick one and start playing regular Premier League football to aid his development.
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