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Scout squashes concerns over ‘tough battling’ Billy Gilmour’s slight frame » Chelsea News

There may well be a place in the Chelsea squad for young Billy Gilmour this Saturday as his side prepare to take on Tottenham in the league.

Blues boss Frank Lampard has a number of injuries to contend with, most notably N’Golo Kante in midfield.

So with Gilmour having made the permanent step up in to the senior squad recently, he will at the very least make the bench and could even be in for a shout to start the match.

There have been concerns mentioned during this season so far, on whether Gilmour has enough physicality to manage in the Premier League, being slightly built and 5ft 7in tall.

However, a Daily Mail football exert and scout believes that Gilmour is actually very ‘tough’ and describes him as a leader.

They claim that their scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star. This week, the focus is on Gilmour.

The scout said:

“His physique may work against him in the long run. That said, a host of diminutive midfielders have succeeded in the past. Many managers look to tall imposing figures at the base of their midfield, particularly good headers of the ball and as much of a tackler as a passer.

“With this in mind, maybe Gilmour could be used further forward?

“What I really liked was that — although he was the deepest midfielder — he was able to use his team’s ball retention to join in attacks.

“I saw him regularly up in support on the edge of the opposition penalty box. He battled in the air and was not disturbed by the fact that he was not winning any of his heading duels. He is what I call a midfield ‘buzzer’ in a team full of vibrant performers.

“Rarely caught in possession, he showed toughness at close quarters and his low centre of gravity and determination helped to extricate him from tight situations. He likes a tackle and has no fear of bigger and more muscular opponents. A right-footed player at around 5ft 7in, as captain he showed leadership and urged his colleagues on with a…

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