Everything you need to know about the latest Chelsea youngster to step into the spotlight…
Despite making his Blues debut back in August, it is only really in the past week that young Billy Gilmour has been thrust into the public eye of the wider world following consecutive man-of-the-match performances against Liverpool in the FA Cup and Everton in the Premier League.
Here, the official Chelsea website provides the comprehensive factfile on the youngster...
How old is Billy Gilmour?
Gilmour is one of the youngest in his age group and doesn’t celebrate his 19th birthday until June. He is in the same age cohort as fellow recent debutants Ethan Ampadu, Tariq Lamptey and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
What is Billy Gilmour’s style of play?
The teenager thrived in the holding midfield role in starts against Liverpool and Everton, though he was moved further forward in the second half of our weekend win over the Toffees. He has played in a variety of central positions during his time in our Academy, scoring 19 goals in total.
Where was Billy Gilmour born and what clubs has he played for?
He was born in Irvine in North Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland. After coming through the junior ranks at Glasgow Rangers, Gilmour joined Chelsea in the summer of 2017.
Who did a young Billy Gilmour support?
While growing up as a boyhood Rangers fan, Gilmour also had a soft spot for Chelsea, as this photo recently posted by his mum on social media proves.
How tall is Billy Gilmour?
‘He might be small in stature but he’s huge in personality and talent,’ said Frank Lampard of Gilmour recently. The young Glaswegian currently stands at 1.70 metres, or 5ft 7in.
What is Billy Gilmour’s contractual situation?
The young midfielder signed a new long-term Chelsea contract in September 2019, which commits him to the Blues until at least the summer of 2023.
What did Billy Gilmour win in the Chelsea Academy?
In the 2017/18 season, Gilmour played a pivotal role as Jody Morris’s Under-18s scooped a clean sweep of four domestic trophies, including the league title and cup. In the FA Youth Cup, Gilmour opened the scoring in the final at the Emirates as we secured a 7-1 aggregate win against Arsenal.
What Chelsea squad number does Billy Gilmour wear?
Gilmour currently has the number 47 on the back of his shirt. At the start of February 2020, it was announced he would become a full-time member of the men’s first team squad.
Which international team does Billy Gilmour represent?
Gilmour has represented Scotland up to Under-21 level. His recent performances have been so impressive there have been calls for him to receive a senior call-up for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualification play-offs.
He was just 16 years old when he starred for the Scots at the Under-21 Toulon Tournament, earning the Revelation Player award.