‘Central to everything’: Pat Nevin says Chelsea player with real ‘panache’ has been dominant for his country

Pat Nevin has said that one Chelsea player is “central to everything” when he’s representing his country on the international stage.

Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour has received high praise for his displays during the two-week international break.

Despite the fact he’s struggled for minutes this season during his loan at Norwich City, he’s still a key player for Scotland. The 20-year-old started in both of Scotland’s victories during the last few days.

First of all, he impressed during a 2-0 away win against Moldova last Friday. He followed that up on Monday night in the 2-0 success at home to Denmark, which ensured they are seeded for the World Cup play-off format.

Chelsea’s decision to send Gilmour on loan to Premier League rivals Norwich this season looks a failure at present. However, Dean Smith taking charge as the new Norwich boss could open a new window of opportunity. 

Thankfully, Scotland manager Steve Clarke likes him enough to keep playing him in important World Cup qualifying fixtures. 

“[Steve Clarke] has made Billy Gilmour central to everything the team does,” Nevin said.

“Norwich may not have been giving Billy many minutes over the past couple of months but at international level he has been controlling games with his usual panache, so there is nothing to worry about there. He hasn’t ‘lost it’, not that any Blues fans thought he had.”

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Chelsea shouldn’t lose belief in Gilmour

Obviously, Gilmour’s quiet Norwich spell has surprised many and it’s crazy he can’t get a game for a team bottom of the Premier League table. It would be madness if that continues under new manager Smith, though. 

He’s reminded any doubters during his last two Scotland caps what he’s all about.

The central midfielder can help dictate possession from deep and is brave enough at such a young age to command the ball.

Jurgen Klopp referred to the Chelsea-owned youngster as “sensational” back in the summer. Meanwhile, Graeme Souness was extremely complimentary of him earlier in the year. 

Gilmour’s a super talent that will only benefit from a minor bump in the road in his loan at Norwich. He’s definitely someone to watch out for in the Premier League when domestic football resumes at the weekend.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.