|Desc||Billy Gilmour knew from an early age that he was never going to be the biggest midfielder on the pitch, so the 5’6’’ Scot spent his formative years studying the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Luka Modric and Cesc Fabregas. The 18-year-old’s dedication to his craft is certainly paying off, with Gilmour having made his Chelsea debut last August after manager Frank Lampard had blocked a loan move because he rates the Rangers academy product so highly.|
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2020 01 21 Retrieve
[Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour has revealed that he idolised Barcelona pair Xavi and Andres Iniesta when he was growing up] If you are small, it doesn’t matter. Some of the best players in the world are small like Lionel Messi. When I get on the ball I move it quickly so I am two steps ahead. It was always El Clasico that I loved to watch when I was young. I loved watching Iniesta and Xavi. They were my favourite players. You can put Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi up there but Iniesta was more like my style of play.
Looking at Xavi and Iniesta, that’s what I wanted to focus my game on. Then in the academy, you are asked to compare your game to other players so I looked to Cesc Fabregas when he was at Chelsea. He is a top player, how he got on the ball, received it and passed it. So I was looking at that and then right now there’s a lot of players to look at. When I watch games now I like to see Frenkie de Jong, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho
They are top players to look at because I like to get on the ball, drop deep, create play and I am always hardworking and on the move searching for space. I like to give out a few tackles too, though I might be small. I think I am also a bit of a leader on the pitch too. I am always talking and in the game
I grew up with Rangers since I was young. I made a lot of friends and knew all the coaches so it was hard but it was time for a change. I wanted to fulfil a dream in the Premier League. It is the best league in the world. When you watch the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Jorginho and Kovacic - we have all the best players here so that’s why I wanted to come here to test myself. Joining Chelsea has been the right decision with everything that was there for me.
The first season showed that when we won the quadruple so it was a great season. You can’t beat that really can you? In the squad now you learn a lot about your game with the team. Especially Jorginho, being the leader that he is but they are all good at talking to you and helping you out. It is exciting. The experience I am gaining is massive. When I came, it was Jody Morris in the Under-18s and Joe Edwards in the Under-23s so when you go around there you can feel a bit more relaxed because you know Joe and Jody. Then Lampard comes in - it is really good.
He is doing really well. It is a real bonus he came back. There is a real togetherness when a lot of young players come over in training. Just being around the top players we have there, especially with the gaffer putting a lot of trust in the young ones. You can see it has shown as we are in good form right now. It has been a good season. I definitely learned the most from that game against Manchester United in the cup. It was tough, you learn you have got to move the ball quickly, not to take many touches on the ball, think of your next pass and be two steps ahead of the defender. Against top midfielders, top players. I learned a lot from that opportunity. I have played a lot of games across all levels. The Under-23s are top of the league by four points and then any more chances I can get in the first team will be really good
2020 03 04 Retrieve
[Barkley’s 18-year-old team-mate Gilmour earned headlines for his display and the England midfielder was not surprised to see the Scot performing so well despite his lack of experience] It doesn’t surprise me. I see him doing it in training every day. He doesn’t have a day when he is struggling. For a young lad, he is really mature with his ability on the ball, he makes the right decision most of the time.
He is similar to Jorginho. He is a quality player and a good addition to the squad. He recently moved into the first-team changing room with us and he’s settled in really well and long may it continue.
He is always asking questions as well which is a sign of a player that wants to improve and do well for the club. I like him and the manager and coaching staff love him as well
2020 03 04b Retrieve
[Billy Gilmour produces timely midfield masterclass amid Chelsea injury crisis] It was a good match, I’ve been training very hard to get this chance. Today I stepped up and took my opportunity. Great game, great victory. I need to keep pushing on, keep doing what I’m doing.
2020 03 06 Retrieve
[18-year-old Billy Gilmour was the star of the show, walking away with the man-of-the-match award thanks to a midfield masterclass that drew praise from one of the Scot’s childhood idols, Cesc Fabregas] I have been learning off [Kovacic and Jorginho] in training and watching them in games. To play alongside both of them was brilliant. Hopefully, Kova is back and fit for the weekend.
2020 03 08 Retrieve
[Chelsea sensation Billy Gilmour is still on cloud nine after marking a dream week with his first Premier League start against Everton] It was amazing, it was a dream come true to make my full debut, but most of all getting the three points and carrying on winning. Hopefully we continue that on the way forward.
[I was told] this morning, just before the game, I was eating and we got told the team. It’s a bit mad to be fair. It would be amazing to get called up. I need to keep working here and going my best and hopefully get that opportunity soon
2020 03 09 Retrieve
[Billy Gilmour is excited by his own potential at Chelsea, with the talented 18-year-old hoping to see regular game time for the Blues after proving himself on FA Cup and Premier League stages] I trust my own ability, and play with great players around me. They help me a lot with their movement so I can play them the ball. You need to keep it moving, keep it simple. Then when you start to settle into the game you can start hitting the longer passes and play more forward passes.
It’s down to the gaffer as well for trusting me to play in these big games. Jody, Joe and the gaffer have been brilliant with me. I have had them [Morris and Edwards] through the youth and then to come to the first team with them has been really good for me. It’s really good for them to show trust. You can see that the manager will give the young players an opportunity and it’s up to us to take it when we get the chance. It’s exciting to be at Chelsea and I just want to take my opportunity when it comes.
[He added on making a first Premier League start against the Toffees] It was amazing. It was a dream come true to make my full Premier League debut, but most of all getting the win was just fantastic. I was more excited than nervous to be fair. It was tough. I just wanted to work my hardest, play well and do my best for the team. I’m just delighted to help the team get the win and that we came out on top. I enjoyed the game, especially off the back of a good win against Liverpool in midweek, and hopefully I can get another chance to play. I’m loving it around here at the minute, it’s brilliant
2020 03 13 Retrieve
[Chelsea’s teenage sensation Gilmour admits to modelling game on Barcelona icon Iniesta] It was always Iniesta. I just loved the way he played, how he got the ball, passing the ball. I like to get on the ball, drop deep a lot and create play. I’ve always been told to work hard and everything else will fall in place
[The talented teenager added on breaking into Frank Lampard’s plans] 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. 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!
2020 04 28 Retrieve
[Billy Gilmour has revealed that he was ‘raging’ after his Chelsea debut against Sheffield United last year, having been unable to inspire the team to victory at Stamford Bridge] When the game finished I remember walking back to the changing room and I was raging. I was gutted at myself just because of the score
The gaffer texted me later saying ‘these are the moments I want you to remember. When you’re training hard, that’s what you need to bring into the games when people aren’t playing well. You need to take the good and the bad together’
It was a tough game. Sheffield United worked really hard. I was obviously happy that I’d made my debut but mostly gutted. My family came down to watch and they kept telling me to cheer up. They wanted to take pictures afterwards but I wasn’t really smiling because I was in a bad mood!
[The Scottish starlet went on to express his gratitude towards Lampard] One of the best things that’s happened this season has been training with the first team because it means I have to keep my standards high and train hard every day. Then when I go down to my own age group with the development squad, I’m continuing to keep the standards high and take that into games - we’re still unbeaten, top of the league and we’ve done so well.
I felt I did well in pre-season but I did think when we came back that I’d be going on loan. The gaffer and Jody [Morris, Chelsea assistant manager] spoke to me and said they thought it was best for me to stay, play games with the Under-23s and train with the first team a lot more.
I was happy with that, especially the chance to get more opportunities to train with the first team and express myself and show them what I’m about. At Christmas time, I was thinking I might go out on loan for the rest of the season but got told to stay again and got moved into the first-team building. That’s when I started to kick on from there by playing games consecutively and playing well so it’s worked out really well for me. All I can do is thank the manager for trusting in me.
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Chelsea prodigy Gilmour reveals Busquets admiration and Robertson praise] When I was real young I used to watch [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, as everyone did, but when I started analysing my game more and seeing who I would progress and hope to be like, it was more like [Andres] Iniesta, Xavi, [Cesc] Fabregas, all them type of players
It was just something I loved watching, seeing how they pass the ball, receive the ball and everything was sharp
Busquets as well, when you watch Barcelona, you watch Busquets individually and everything happens around him. But when you watch Barcelona, you don’t really see Busquets. But that’s the kind of player I’ve always looked up to and just wanted to be that kind of player to get on the ball and make things happen
[One of Gilmour’s best performances to date came in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool in March and the teenager says he was singled out for praise by Scotland captain Andy Robertson after the match] He came up to me after the game and he was just saying ‘Well done, you played really well, keep doing it and hopefully see you soon in the first-team’. So that was great to hear that from the captain of my country
[Gilmour, who came up through the ranks of Rangers, has also previously turned heads off the pitch, revealing a brief modelling career for fashion label Burberry] I got a call from my agent and he was just saying ‘We got a call from Burberry, they’re asking if you’d like to do some modelling’. So my dad phoned me and said ‘What would you think of doing it’, so I’m giving it a bit, saying ‘Of course’, like bantering with him, and then I get phone call from my agent saying you’ll be meeting up tomorrow with Burberry. So I say ‘Why’s that?’ And he said ‘You’re modelling for them, did your dad not say?’ So I ended up doing a few shots for Burberry, it was good, something different, but it was funny, I got a bit of stick
2020 05 03 Retrieve
[Billy Gilmour’s man of the match display in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Liverpool announced his talents to the world] Yes, I did see it [after the Grimsby game]. One of my friends text me, I was buzzing. When I first came to Chelsea it was with the IEP (video analysis youth programme), so you had to focus yourself on a player and mine was Cesc
I loved how he played so I just went and watched a lot of videos of him. Now I have got older, I just try to put it into the games and it’s working. But no, he is a role model of mine. I never ever trained with the first-team with him, so when he was away I got opportunities around there
[Fabregas still watches Chelsea games after making a move to Monaco over a year ago and once again took to Twitter to comment on Gilmour’s display last night] He is fantastic. Personality on the ball, decision making, always making angles to offer himself and he has that bit of aggression in him which is very important, especially in the Premier League. When you have the quality but also the desire, the work ethic and intelligence, then you can see real potential in a young player. He has all of that.
[Gilmour started that day and he was seen being manhandled by Harry Maguire. Maguire grabbed Gilmour by the neck and pushed him away in a match that has since served as a major learning curve for the Scotland Under-21 international] I think that was pointless for him, but he is going to try and bully the young ones! That’s what I need to learn in the game. I have to be stronger. I have been working on that. I can only get stronger. That was a learning curve definitely when he gripped me up in the box. I remember that really well. Basically, he was saying as was a wee guy, so pushing me off and gripping me by the throat was something I have to deal with but I won’t let that happen again, that’s for sure. That’s a lesson
[Gilmour didn’t know the former Chelsea coach turned national team manager was watching him and said his national team’s captain, Andy Robertson, praised him after the match] I was speaking to Andy Robertson who told me after the game. He told me just to keep doing what I am doing. You are doing well and well done tonight
[Gilmour hopes to see Kovacic back soon but he is ready when called upon] I think there were more good nerves. I have had a bit of a taste of it now so I wasn’t really nervous. I was more looking forward to it, to go and show what I can do. Tonight was a really good game. We won, stuck together and played really well.
Hopefully [I will get more chances], I have been learning off them [Kovacic and Jorginho] in training and watching them in games. To play alongside both of them was brilliant. But no, hopefully, Kova is back and fit for the weekend and we will go from there
2020 05 05 Retrieve
[How Chelsea built the best youth teams since the Busby Babes] It is exciting. The experience I am gaining is massive. When I came, it was Jody Morris in the Under-18s and Joe Edwards in the Under-23s, so when you go around there you can feel a bit more relaxed because you know Joe and Jody. Then when Lampard comes in, it is really good
2020 06 15 Retrieve
[Chelsea thrashed QPR 7-1 in a friendly match on Sunday, with midfielders Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour each scoring twice] When I was real young I used to watch [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, as everyone did, but when I started analysing my game more and seeing who I would progress and hope to be like, it was more like [Andres] Iniesta, Xavi, [Cesc] Fabregas, all them type of players. It was just something I loved watching, seeing how they pass the ball, receive the ball and everything was sharp. Busquets as well, when you watch Barcelona, you watch Busquets individually and everything happens around him. But when you watch Barcelona, you don’t really see Busquets. But that’s the kind of player I’ve always looked up to and just wanted to be that kind of player to get on the ball and make things happen
2020 07 09 Retrieve
[Billy Gilmour: Chelsea midfielder set to miss rest of season with knee injury] I just have to stay focused on when the teams need me. There have been rumours but I haven’t heard anything; I am just focusing on finishing the season well with Chelsea and qualifying for the Champions League