Billy Gilmour is insured, attack-oriented and tough despite his 5ft 7in frame … the Chelsea midfielder has everything to forge a good career
- Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is destined for a good career in the match
- The 5ft 7in Scot is insured, technical and strong despite its slim frame
- But his physique can hinder his progress unless he is played further forward
Our scout is a top football expert who attends games every week looking for the next star.
This week is the lowdown on 18-year-old Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour.
Gilmour is valued at £ 2.5 million and has played 5 games in the Blues so far this season …
Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is the newest player to be judged by the Secret Scout
The Scottish midfielder has established himself as a watch from the Blues Academy
WHAT DOES HE HAVE?
This young Scot looks destined for a good career, but he knows that he is facing fierce competition in Chelsea. On a cold and windy night, he was the center of an enthusiastic and well-coached under-23-side who pressed front excellently.
Gilmour – playing from the base of a midfield triangle – was central to all the good things in a team that exuded athletics and professional exchange. Seizing every opportunity to go deep into the field, Gilmour found his forward players with early, accurate steps.
Rarely caught in possession, he showed toughness up close and his low center of gravity and determination helped to free him from tight situations. He likes a tackle and is not afraid of bigger and more muscular opponents. A rightful player around 5ft 7in, as a captain he showed leadership and encouraged his colleagues with a supportive voice.
Despite its small frame, Gilmour is a tough midfielder with extra deception
Value: £ 2.5m
2019-20 gigs: 5
What I really liked was that although he was the deepest midfielder, he could use the ball retention of his team to attack.
I regularly saw him in support at the edge of the opposition’s penalty area. He fought in the air and was not disturbed by the fact that he won none of his race duels. He is what I call a midfield ‘buzzer’ in a team full of lively artists.
WHAT DOES HE NEED?
His physique can work against him in the long run. That said, a large number of smaller midfielders have succeeded in the past. Many managers look at tall, impressive figures at the base of their midfield, in particular good headers from the ball and as many tacklers as passers-by.
With this in mind, could Gilmour be used further?
What I saw here undoubtedly informed me that he will be happy to find a way to a positive career.
An interesting future beckons.