The key Harry Kane thing Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour is about to learn
Former Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge has said Billy Gilmour can take inspiration from Harry Kane’s path to stardom after the Scotsman loaned out to Norwich City.
Speaking to BettingExpert, Bridge was adamant that the 20-year-old midfielder had a future at Stamford Bridge despite his lack of playing time under Thomas Tuchel.
Aware of Gilmour’s raw ability, the former Blues left-back said he was surprised to see the Scotsman leave. Bridge went on to admit he could see the reasoning behind Gilmour’s loan, especially after his lack of playing time under new manager Thomas Tuchel.
Gilmour only played 387 minutes of first-team football under the guidance of the former Paris Saint Germain coach following the German’s arrival in January, although he showed glimpses of breaking into the eleven of departure under Frank Lampard.
“I was surprised to see him leave on a season-long loan at Norwich,” Bridge said. “But, I also understand the reason behind this.
“I think he has a huge future at Chelsea – still young but he has so much quality and plays with maturity.”
The former Blues went on to compare Gilmour’s situation to that of England and Tottenham captain Hotspur Kane, who also took out a series of loans before finally making his breakthrough.
“Going on loan can certainly help,” said 2005 Premier League champion Chelsea. “A great example being Harry Kane going to Leicester and then coming back and smashing it. The people I know who have been loaned out have always helped them to mature and learn from the experience.
Despite his lack of playing time, Scotland manager Steve Clarke kept his confidence in Gilmour and took him to Euro 2020.
The Blues midfielder then made his first start for Scotland against England in the middle of the midfield in the second game of the group stage. Gilmour impressed and fans scratched their heads in amazement how and why the Chelsea youngster had just made his first start.
Bridge continued as he reveled in Gilmour’s valiant efforts at the European Championships, saying he missed Clarke’s team following his unfortunate transmission of Covid-19.
The summer window is officially open and the Blues can now rely on European glory and strengthen the team to push for Premier League supremacy.
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“I thought he was great against England,” added Bridge. “And obviously it was a bummer to catch Covid, so he couldn’t play against Croatia. We missed him sorely.”
After making another big impression, Gilmour will look to continue in the same vein as he prepares for a tough season with the Canaries and a future at Chelsea.