Wunderkind Watch – Billy Gilmour
Name: Billy Clifford Gilmour
Date of birth: 11 June 2001
Billy Clifford Gilmour is a 16 year old Scottish player who currently plays for Chelsea FC. Signed from Rangers academy at 15 years old he is a center midfielder with great technical ability and a solid range of passing, even more important to note though is his ability to dictate tempo from the center of the park. Currently representing Scotland at U21 level is no mean feat, not only that, showing he easily holds his own on the pitch. Interestingly his diminutive stature does not hold him back, he does not get bullied and definitely does not shy away from a strong challenge and at 16 he is sure to fill out. Chelsea think very highly of him having recently received the annual scholar of the year award.
Don’t worry this is not another Islam Feruz case, talent but ill-discipline, we will be seeing a lot more of Gilmour in the future for the right reasons. I base that on an additional factor – watching Billy Gilmour being interviewed and his routine displayed a mature work ethic for his age. Understandably you do not get into Chelsea’s academy without bags of talent but having a conscientious character highlights the importance you place in your own development and your aim to reach the heights. It was a big risk to leave Rangers at 15, a club with invested interest in your success from a young age to Chelsea, that appears on the outside a loan factory but a considered one to take. Going through the youth system at Chelsea provides stability that is hard to find inn youth football. A large experienced team behind the scenes and state of the art facilities are dedicated to develop potential. Moreover, with Chelsea’s academy’s currently at the forefront of competitive age group football, 7 FA youth cups in the last 8 years, two UEFA Youth Leagues in the last 4 years, a quadruple won by the U18s last season, you are mingling with the best. Anyone who saw that beautiful goal he scored for Scotland U21 against South Korea will understand why Scotland fans are so excited. He had a stand out showing for the Chelsea U18s in the FA youth cup final providing and adding to the scoresheet. A big game player. This player is potentially a future first team captain and I can imagine Chelsea will have him leading one of the youth team outfits next season.
The next step being at Chelsea is probably a loan, although I would recommend a season training with the first team squad. With the Europa league beckoning a 1st team debut could be on the cards; however, the competition at Chelsea is tough, players like Mason Mount, Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker ahead in the pecking order with age and first team experience on their side. At his age with his class no doubt with the right tutelage he could be a first team player but perhaps not just yet. A season playing in the UEFA Youth League, FA Youth Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and training with the first team at the age of 17 next season would not be a wasted season.
Worst-Case Scenario – Vitesse
Two outstanding abilities – Passing, Vision.
Similar too – As stated himself he is looking to replicate Cesc Fabregas (check out a day in the life of Billy Gilmour on youtube)