Gilmour’s struggle for regular football
Gilmour joined Chelsea’s youth ranks in 2017, departing Scottish powerhouse, Rangers.
Gilmour has since impressed for the Blues youth teams, and had also begun to earn some chances in their senior side as well.
Under Frank Lampard Gilmour had begun to play a decent amount of senior football, with Chelsea, which included him putting on some starring displays vs Everton in the Premier League and vs Liverpool in the FA Cup.
And, after battling back from a knee injury, Lampard would continue to use Gilmour in the cup competitions, such as the Champions League, and occasionally in the league.
Following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge though, Gilmour found his game time very limited.
The 20-year-old did not feature in the CL under Tuchel, and had to wait until May to be handed his first league start under the German.
Tuchel also opted against using Gilmour in the latter stages of the 2020/21 FA Cup.
Kovacic praises Gilmour
Despite struggling for regular football at club level, Gilmour was picked for the Scottish national side at Euro 2020.
The midfielder would start vs England and played a key role in his side earning a 0-0 draw.
However, Gilmour theb contracted Covid-19 and would be forced to miss Scotland’s final Euro 2020 group game vs Croatia.
Scotland needed to win to qualify for the knockout rounds but would lose 3-1.
Amongst the stars who dominated Scotland for Croatia was Chelsea’s, Mateo Kovacic.
Now, Kovacic has been discussing the youngster testing positive for Covid-19, whilst also backing him to become an important player for Chelsea:
“Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to play against Billy but I did talk with him on the phone as soon as it came out that he was positive.
“Of course I was very sad about that because he is doing excellently and he is my team-mate. I felt sad for him.
“He has had an excellent season and his qualities cannot even be brought into question. He is still a young player but he has played a lot of good matches for Chelsea and for his national team.
“He is definitely going to be one of the better players for Chelsea and an important player for Chelsea in the near future.”
“I don’t give him too much advice, but we do talk a lot. I mean, we are together every day at our club.
“I have seen Billy’s abilities from the first time he started training with the first team. He can become a really excellent player, so it is up to him to work hard and to get better with each day. I am sure that, with his personality, he is going to do that.”
Quotes via the Daily Mail.
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