Thomas Tuchel has asked Scotland manager Steve Clarke to pick Billy Gilmour for his national team efforts – despite a lack of minutes with Chelsea.
The talented teenager will inevitably break into senior national team contention but that time hasn’t come yet. Gilmour burst onto the scene at Chelsea last season, making 11 appearances, including a Man of the Match FA Cup display against Liverpool.
But minutes under new manager Tuchel have been limited and Gilmour is yet to play in the Premier League for the German manager, although he has featured frequently in the FA Cup. Scotland boss Clarke announced his World Cup qualifying squad for March this week and Gilmour wasn’t included.
It was claimed in the winter transfer window that Gilmour wanted to leave Chelsea on loan to gain the minutes needed to impress Clarke ahead of Scotland’s return to major tournament football at Euro 2020 this summer. But Tuchel says Clarke shouldn’t worry about Gilmour’s lack of games, saying it was his decision not to let the teenager leave.
Tuchel said (BBC): “I can only strongly recommend the Scottish national team to nominate him because this guy trains on the highest level. They should not be worried about his ability to compete. It’s absolutely no mistake (not letting Gilmour leave on loan). It was unfortunately not his choice, it was my choice.
“The choice was made for Chelsea and not for the personal goals of Billy – we need four strong midfielders. He accepted it in a five-minute talk. He had no problem with it. I actually hope he knows how much I appreciate him as a person and as a footballer. I am super happy he is here.”
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