Chelsea slumped to another defeat – but Billy Gilmour was able to hold his head high after another solid cameo from the Scotland starlet.
The teenage midfielder has been on the comeback trail this term after a torn meniscus at the end of last term. It came off the back of a brilliant Chelsea breakthrough where he made 11 appearances in the 2019/20 season.
His comeback began for the Scotland U21s before appearances for the Chelsea youth sides, Champions League appearances against Krasnodar and Sevilla coming next. The most high-profile cameo came on Sunday.
Gilmour appeared from the bench after an hour to provide some light in an otherwise dark performance, three first half goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne sealing a 3-1 Manchester City win.
Replacing N’Golo Kante after 64 minutes, Gilmour showed plenty of composure and skill up against world-class opposition. Now Chelsea are on a run of one win in seven, perhaps the Scotland teenager will be given a chance from the start in coming matches.
It has been reported that Gilmour wants to play regular minutes in order to boost his chances of going to Euro 2020 with Scotland in the summer, a potential loan move mooted for him.
But on the basis of this display, the Scotland starlet is more than capable of handing himself at Chelsea. Fans of the Stamford Bridge club were certainly pleased with Gilmour’s performance.
— ChelseaFCBlogs (@ChelseaFCBlogs_) January 3, 2021
Tuchel managing & developing Gilmour, Pulisic, Havertz and Hudson Odoi could be something special
— DonkeysOut (@CarvalhoJTElite) January 3, 2021
At least we get to enjoy a Gilmour/CHO cameo.
— Adam (@CFCMethod) January 3, 2021
Havertz/Hudson/Gilmour must be certified starters next league game no excuses.
— 🇰🇿 (@branojr) January 3, 2021
I know Chelsea lost heavily but its the first time I've watched Billy Gilmour(idk if that's the spelling)… I've heard pundits talking him up and he looked brilliant when he came on. Great talent who will probably end up at WestHam 😁#CHEMCI
— Cashious👔🌹 (@CassiousMarcelo) January 3, 2021
I love Kante but looking a bit off the pace last couple games wouldn’t mind seeing a holding two of Jorginho with Gilmour and letting Havertz have a go at being in the number 10 role….want CHO starting out wide for another game too #CFC
— Nick L (@Nick_L_87) January 3, 2021
Billy Gilmour any time I’ve saw him play he’s been brilliant.
— Matty Abbott (@mattyabbottlad) January 3, 2021
Billy Gilmour my knight in shining armour 💙💙💙💙💙💙
— Dara 🇮🇪 (@DaraCFC) January 3, 2021