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Billy Gilmour

BIOGRAPHY

Billy Gilmour is a midfielder who joined our Academy in the summer of 2017 from Glasgow Rangers, where he had been since the age of eight.

He is a technical individual with good game intelligence and awareness who creates plenty of goals and chances for his team-mates.

Academy

His first campaign south of the border was a positive one as he proved an integral part of Jody Morris' midfield in an unprecedented year of silverware success. He scored his first goal for our youth team on his debut in a September victory over Arsenal before establishing himself as a regular in the FA Youth Cup starting XI, featuring in every game and scoring at the Emirates Stadium in the final.

In July 2018, Gilmour signed a first professional contract at Chelsea and earned himself an extension in September the following year which runs until the end of the 2022/23 season.

2019/20

Gilmour made his senior and Premier League debut on 31 August 2019 against Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge (below), before making his full debut under a month later against Grimsby Town in the 7-1 Carabao Cup victory, an eye-catching performance earned the praise of many including head coach Frank Lampard.

At the start of February 2020, Gilmour became a full-time member of the men's first-team squad, followed by a regular spell among our substitutes.

However, it was the following month that he announced his arrival on the big stage, in two games at the Bridge against Merseyside opposition. With several senior players missing through injury or suspension, six days brought Gilmour’s first starts in the FA Cup and Premier League, both memorable victories, and the midfielder picked up the Man of the Match awards in each of them.

There were no hints of nerves as he put in two mature performances, despite still being a couple of weeks short of his 19th birthday, playing a central role as we knocked Premier League leaders Liverpool out of the FA Cup 2-0 and then recorded our biggest league victory of the season, 4-0 against Everton in our last game before the season was suspended.

He remained part of the matchday squad after those more experienced players returned, making four further appearances before his season was ended early by an injury suffered in our 3-2 win over Crystal Palace. That was his 11th game of the campaign in a promising breakthrough 2020/21 for the teenager.

International

A stellar season at Chelsea was rewarded with a call-up to the Scotland Under-21 squad for the Toulon Tournament – even though he was still only 16 – and the midfielder took home the Young Player of the Tournament award as the Scots finished in third place.