Billy Gilmour urged to ‘stay patient’ for chance at Chelsea and is compared to Phil Foden after ‘outstanding’ display for Scotland against England

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Billy Gilmour urged to ‘stay patient’ for chance at Chelsea and is compared to Phil Foden after ‘outstanding’ display for Scotland against England


Scotland starlet Billy Gilmour has been urged to ‘stay patient’ for his chance in the Chelsea first-team, after his outstanding display against England.

The 20-year-old put in a commanding and composed display that belied his age as Scotland suffocated England in their 0-0 draw at Wembley on Friday night.

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Gilmour, 20, played like a seasoned professional on his first start for his country

Gilmour was making his first ever senior start for his country, having previously only made two substitute appearances, in a huge baptism of fire for the young midfielder in one of the fiercest rivalries in international football.

But the Blues ace looked very comfortable and didn’t put a foot wrong in his 75 minutes on the pitch, as he was named Man of the Match.

Jose Mourinho was among those to heap praise on Gilmour after the game, with the young Scot compared to Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante, while fellow Blues player Mason Mount insisted his performance was not a shock.

“He didn’t surprise me, I know what he is like as a player,” said the England man after Friday’s stalemate.

“We had a good battle and every time he plays he seems to get man of the match – he has done it the few times he played at Chelsea. He gets chucked in at the deep end sometimes and he is always swimming.

“I always watched his development and he is going to keep getting better and better and that is good for him personally, for the club and also at international level.”

Gilmour as found regular football hard to come back at Chelsea and has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge

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Gilmour as found regular football hard to come back at Chelsea and has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge

Gilmour has made just 22 first-team appearances for Chelsea, with 11 coming in the Premier League.

His performance against England will surely have seen plenty of other clubs take notice, with Chelsea having a reputation of cashing in on their young players if there is no route to a more regular spot in the team.

Fiyako Tomori is the latest young player to leave Stamford Bridge to seek more game time elsewhere, having recently turned his loan at AC Milan into a permanent transfer.

But former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has advised the Scot to be patient for his chance at club level and compared Gilmour to Phil Foden at Man City, where the England midfielder is now a key player under Pep Guardiola after waiting for his time.

“They’ve got two players for every position at Chelsea and they’re all internationals, so the standard and the benchmark is incredibly high,” said Cascarino on the Weekend Sports Breakfast.

The 20-year-old has been urged to wait patiently for his opportunity at Chelsea

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The 20-year-old has been urged to wait patiently for his opportunity at Chelsea

“Gilmour’s standard has to be that and he showed last night he is capable of doing that, and he has shown in a Chelsea shirt that he can do that.

“The future is bright for Billy, I just hope he has the patience to go on knowing that he will get in that Chelsea team.

“He’s got everything to be a top player. He’s at a football club where every position is filled by an international, it’s a real job for him to get into that Chelsea team.

“Steve Clarke knows Chelsea very well and Billy Gilmour is really well thought of, so Chelsea obviously have no ambition to let him go.

Tony Cascarino says Chelsea teen Billy Gilmour reminds him of Manchester United legend Roy Keane

“He will get in the team, it’s just about when. It might be a Phil Foden scenario where he’s just going to have to wait for his time.

“People will be saying, ‘if Gilmour isn’t playing at Chelsea he’s got to go, he’ll want to be playing’, but I think they’re going to try and convince him he does have a big future.

“It might not be next season, but it will be within a timeframe where by the time he’s 21 he could be in the team. He is easily good enough.

“He’s a really feisty character, you could see that from the sidelines, he really wants to get involved in the mix. He’s a bit of a throwback in some ways. I love watching him.”





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