Chelsea and Scotland prospect Billy Gilmour says it was always Andres Iniesta he looked up to growing up.

The Scots talent has burst onto the scene in recent weeks with two Man of the Match displays against Everton and Liverpool in Chelsea action.

Rising star. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

It led to calls for him to be introduced to Scotland’s senior side prior to the almost complete shutdown of football due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A place in Scot Gemmill’s U21s side though is what Gilmour received.

Speaking to the BBC, Gilmour has spoken about who it was he looked up to as an aspiring footballer – Barcelona legend Iniesta.

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“It was always [Andres] Iniesta. I just loved the way he played, how he got the ball, passing the ball,” he said. “I thought I was going to be in the U23s all season, but I went with the first team in pre-season and did really well.

Thriving down south. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

“We came back and I was training with them a lot, and then the gaffer put me in the squad for the Sheffield [United] game. I was buzzing!”

The similarities are clear

We may need to wait a while before we see Gilmour’s talent again due to the English Premier League shutdown. In his two standout performances though, the Iniesta traits the teenager has seemingly picked up are clear.

He likes to drop deep and make tackles, not afraid to look up and play when he wins that battle. His passing is also accurate under pressure and Gilmour’s head is always raised in a forward direction.

A special talent is in Chelsea and Scotland’s hands, and it’s clear that Gilmour has learned a thing or two from his idol.

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