Billy Gilmour has had a bad day – he’s tested positive for coronavirus and will miss Scotland’s third group game in these Euros – but he’s had a good year overall.
He broke into the Chelsea team towards the end of the season and showed Thomas Tuchel what he can do, and made his international debut at an international tournament against England last week.
Another Blue impressing at this tournament is Jorginho, a key man for Italy as they’ve cruised to 3 wins on the spin. Glenn Hoddle, who knows a thing or two about conducting a midfield, has said that the Scot can succeed the Italian at Chelsea, given their similarities:
“Billy Gilmour had a good game, and there’s still more to come, but it was his first game and he was excellent,” Hoddle said in quotes picked up by The Sun.
“He can only grow and get better. He’s not really match fit, so he’s going to get better.
“He keeps the ball well and he’s such a young player. He showed a lot of maturity.
“He’s instantly the replacement for Jorginho at Chelsea, they won’t have to look in the market for someone because he is already there, learning and developing into a great player.”
That is high praise from a man who did a lot for Chelsea bringing us into the modern era. If he says Billy is the man for the job, you’d be mad to disagree.