Billy Gilmour will seemingly have to bide his time for a chance at Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel assessed the Scotland youngster’s position within his squad.
The Scotland starlet is looking to push for the senior international side ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers, Euro 2020 coming this summer. But chances at Chelsea this season have come at a premium due to injury and a switch in manager.
New Blues boss Tuchel is yet to give Gilmour minutes in his quest for international recognition, loan moves for the youngster ruled out last month. The German has confirmed Gilmour is the fourth-choice central midfielder at Chelsea but that’s not a bad thing he says.
Tuchel explained: “Billy has a lot of qualities – he is very self-confident in our training games, a very strong passer, very smart in finding positions and he has all the physical abilities to play in the first team.
“We have a strong midfield and he is clearly one of four players for central midfield behind Jorginho, [Mateo] Kovacic and N’Golo Kante. That makes it difficult for him to find his place but he is the number four right now in my head and to be the number four out of two positions is a pretty good start.
“We are happy to have him and we are absolutely ready to push him and support him on his way.”