Scotland U21 boss Scot Gemmill, has tipped Billy Gilmour to excel at Chelsea, as quoted by the Daily Record.
Gilmour is currently on the fringes of the first-team squad under Frank Lampard. The new manager is giving plenty of opportunities to young players right now, with a transfer ban forcing the club to look to within to freshen the first team.
Two young talents repaid their manager’s faith on Saturday, as Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham scored in an away win at Norwich.
Gemmill, who has selected Gilmour for Scotland U21s duty in September despite the player still being eligible for U19s, thinks the teenager would fare similarly well if given an opportunity.
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“Absolutely, 100%,” he asserted, as quoted by the Daily Record. “With my involvement with Billy, there is no question over his emotional intelligence and his attitude.”
“He’s ready but he has to continue to push and push as that’s really all he can do right now. We know how ambitious Billy is, we know how focused he is, we know how talented he is.
“It’s great Chelsea are giving him that opportunity and we will continue to give him the chance at this level.”
Players everywhere regard the Premier League as the top league in the world and commercially, it certainly tops the lot.
With that in mind, it’s remarkable that Gilmour is so close to playing time for an English heavyweight.
The teen wasn’t named in the squad for yesterday’s win at Norwich, but he did take a spot on the bench during the recent Super Cup defeat to Liverpool.
It was a blow for the Gers to lose him back in 2017, but his move has worked out extremely well for him so far.
It’s clear that Gemmill is a big fan and that importantly, Gilmour has the work ethic and mentality to succeed, as well as bags and bags of talent.