Billy Gilmour might not be getting the first-team minutes he desires at present – but Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante insists the Scotland starlet has a big future.

The teenage midfielder burst onto the scene under former boss Frank Lampard last season, making 11 appearances before a torn meniscus brought his first senior season at Chelsea to a close. Things have been tougher under new manager Thomas Tuchel.

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It’s been a challenging time for the Chelsea and Scotland starlet after a promising breakthrough season. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Gilmour hasn’t played in the Premier League, limited to FA Cup bows. It was reported that the Scotland prospect asked to leave on loan in January to boost his chances of going to Euro 2020 this summer. Tuchel decided to keep him but has yet to fully use him, making him a back-up midfield option.

But Premier League winner Kante insists his Scotland partner will come good: “We have trained together a long time now and we speak. I know what he likes, he knows what I like. I share sometimes my experience of what has happened in my national team or in previous teams.

“He is a good player with a good mentality. He is always ready to step up and do well, even when we call on him in training. He has good potential for now and the future, and I’m sure he will do well for Chelsea and in his career.”

Gilmour has dropped down to U23s level too in order to maintain his fitness. He played 90 minutes as the Chelsea youth side drew 1-1 with Leicester City, Scotland U21s and Steve Clarke’s senior side returning this month.

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