Chelsea And Scotland Youngster Billy Gilmour Scores Beauty In Toulon Tournament
Scotland's U21s booked their place in the semi-finals of the Toulon Tournament after a 2-1 win against South Korea yesterday, with Billy Gilmour scoring a terrific goal in the process.
Gilmour originally made his breakthrough at Rangers, with former boss Graeme Murty claiming the 16-year-old was "very" close to becoming the club's youngest ever debutant.
However, having turning down a professional contract at Ibrox, Gilmour eventually decided on a switch to Chelsea and he's quickly developed into one the Stamford Bridge club's hottest prospects.
And while Oliver Burke's stunning solo goal against the South Koreans showcased his ability to run at defenders, Gilmour's opener after just eight minutes showed he has composure far beyond his years:
One man who will certainly be upset watching that goal will be Steven Gerrard. Whilst Gilmour left long before the Liverpool legend joined the Gers how he'd love to have use of him in his side and what a player the teenager could be learning from.
Instead Gilmour finds himself in a Chelsea youth team that has still failed to create any regular players for the first team despite their ridiculous on going success at youth level.
Many of the players go on to make a name for themselves elsewhere but it still remains to be seen if any of them can break into the first team.
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One thing the current crop, including Gilmour, have to their advantage is the fact that Roman Abramovich seems to be spending less and less money for the Blues.
The Russian's working visa in the UK has not been renewed and he has now taken residency in Israel. He pulled the plug on Chelsea's new stadium and questions remain if he'll pump much more money into the club.
West Brom's Oliver Burke also scored a brilliant goal as Scotland beat Korea to qualify ahead of hosts France and set up a semi final against England, a repeat of the same stage last year.
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