For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 of the most promising Scottish talents who we believe will have defining 2020’s. Next on our list is Chelsea prospect Billy Gilmour.

This season has witnessed Gilmour rise from promising prospect to a star on the cusp of regular first-team action. He has been impressive in his fleeting appearances for the Blues whilst catching the eye at youth level.

An impressive teen. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

2020 could be even bigger for him though.

A future Chelsea star

Perhaps Scotland’s most talented prospect, Gilmour’s made five appearances for Chelsea this term. He’s made two of them in the Premier League, showing how highly Frank Lampard rates him.

His technical ability is excellent. Gilmour can glide past players with ease before spraying simple and difficult passes in equal measure across the park. He can do this just as effectively in front of his own box as he can on the edge of the opposition’s.

An architect. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

At Scotland youth level, whilst perhaps lacking a touch of physicality, you can tell the teenager is something special. That’s not a criticism of Scotland’s other young talent, it’s just that Gilmour looks a class apart at times.

That’s something Lampard has noticed too. Speaking recently (Chelsea TV via the Metro), the Blues boss has spoken about how the 18-year-old ‘lights up’ Chelsea training.

He said: “Every training session Billy takes part in he lights it up with energy, quality and angles. He’s like an old-fashioned midfield player.

Lampard loves him. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“I know modern midfield players do it, he’s constantly making angles, berating people even though he’s a young boy, personality in the way he plays, never scared to receive the ball. ‘He’s got a really big chance.”

Senior international call?

With so much progress made so quickly in 2019, Gilmour will have to do well to match his achievements from this year in 2020. Given his talent and potential though, the footballing world is truly at his feet.

Chelsea’s transfer ban will be lifted in the new year, which could provide Gilmour with competition. Already surrounded by world-class players, it’ll be interesting to see whether he rises to the challenge of earning some first-team spots.

Challenges await. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Cup games and relatively low-profile league games will be his source of senior minutes just now. If the teenager can impress like he has done so far though, he could give Lampard a selection headache.

Could it also be the year a senior Scotland call beckons? Should Gilmour get more appearances at Stamford Bridge, it’s going to be hard for Steve Clarke to not notice his achievements potentially heading into Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998.

Big strides have been made by Gilmour in 2019. 2020 could see him take his already impressive game to another level.

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