Ex-Chelsea man compares ‘feisty’ Gilmour to Foden

Date published: Saturday 19th June 2021 4:50 - Lewis Oldham

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Former Chelsea man Tony Cascarino has called for Billy Gilmour to be patient as he “will get in the team” at Stamford Bridge.

Gilmour made his debut for Chelsea during the 2019/20 campaign. One of his best performances in a Blues shirt so far came in the FA Cup in March 2020 against Liverpool. He shone for his boyhood club as he helped them win 2-0.

The youngster has made 22 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea. He played eleven times both in 2019/20 and in 2020/21.


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His form for the Londoners this season earned him a spot in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the European Championships.

Gilmour made his senior debut for Scotland in their pre-tournament game against the Netherlands. He was an unused substitute in their Euro 2020 opener against the Czech Republic.

Many were calling for him to start against England and Clarke did go with the 20-year-old. The midfielder justified his selection as he put in a man of the match display at Wembley against The Three Lions.

The game finished 0-0 and Gilmour has received a lot of praise for his performance. Cascarino has told talkSPORT that he is “easily good enough” to start for Chelsea:

“They’ve got two players for every position at Chelsea and they’re all internationals, so the standard and the benchmark is incredibly high.

“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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