Chelsea and Scotland starlet Billy Gilmour has been given high praise by a former pro.

The teenager broke into mainstream headlines with two Man of the Match performances before the football shutdown. It’s left many in Chelsea and Scotland colours excited about what the future holds for him.

Thriving with Chelsea. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Gary Chivers, a former Blues defender, has backed the teenager to emulate World Cup winner N’Golo Kante. Gilmour’s operated in the Frenchman’s role in recent games and Chivers believes he’s the full package.

“When you think of N’Golo Kante’s level, you think Billy Gilmour more or less produced that,” Chivers told Goal. “He wants to join in with the attack as well as defend.


“When he came in against Liverpool, it was a tough game to come in for but he was so exceptional on the ball. The telling point was that his team-mates realised how good he was and they constantly passed him the ball. That’s how you know how good he is. He is an exceptional talent.

Talented kid. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“I think they have now learned how to play without Kante now Billy Gilmour is on the scene. Jorginho and Kovacic have also played well together. Now Chelsea have someone who can defend and go forward at the same time.

“You wouldn’t think he was that young. It is like watching an experienced player, he plays it the first time and teams can’t get near him. It is obvious he is a good player.”

High praise

This is a compliment of the highest order for Gilmour. It’s clear that former Chelsea defender Chivers rates the teenage talent very highly.

High praise indeed. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Whether he can emulate someone with the world class talent of Kante is another question, but the early signs are positive. Gilmour’s two recent bows have been nothing short of excellent.

The praise just keeps coming for Scotland’s promising teen.

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