October 22, 2021

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171 passes, seven tackles, four chances created: 20-year-old Chelsea starlet has brilliant international break

Billy Gilmour’s golden period away with his Scottish pals will have every Chelsea supporter ushering his return back to Stamford Bridge next season.

Gilmour started all three of Scotland’s World Cup Qualifying fixtures over the international interruption of domestic action.

Steve Clarke’s side picked up six points from a possible nine, beating Moldova and Austria by a singular goal each.

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A nation suddenly lifted, now aware the hope of reaching their first World Cup since 1998 is becoming a reality.

And at the heart of Clarke’s dreamlike operation is a young man very much living in the moment.

In each of the Tartan Army’s fixtures, Gilmour was arguably a cut above the rest.

He certainly was if statistics are the main source of comparison.

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According to OptaJoe, the 20-year-old ranked above any of his teammates for touches (23), passes (171), successful passes (144) and possession won (23).

The midfielder also finished second for tackles (17) and chances created (four)

Quite an incredible return, considering Gilmour only made his senior debut shortly before the European Championships.

Adapting to the indifferences of national team football so quickly highlights the amount of quality and intelligence packed into his 5ft7in frame.

Billy on the bosses radar

Although probably rather busy with matters back home, Thomas Tuchel will hopefully be taking note of Gilmour’s performances.

Especially as it was the German coach who played a key role in the Scotsman’s departure from Chelsea over the summer.

After finding opportunities scarce at Stamford Bridge, the boy from Irvine joined Norwich City on a season-long loan.

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Daniel Farke immediately threw him into the middle of the Canaries cage, starting him in all three of the club’s first Premier League games.

Despite the trio of losses, the experience will have been unmatched for Gilmour, who needs this kind of experience if he has ambitions of re-joining Chelsea after his spell concludes.

However, he might find his pathway blocked again if the Blues decide to sign Saul Niguez on a permanent deal.

Yet, Tuchel simply cannot ignore Gilmour if he continues to pull it out of the bag for club and particularly country.