Presently, Maurizio Sarri has a host of quality midfield options to choose from at Chelsea such as regular starters Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.
While from the bench, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Cesc Fabregas can often be seen, showing just how spoilt for choice the Italian is when comes to selecting players for the middle of the park.
And going forward, Sarri will likely be able to call upon even more talented midfielders with the club possessing a batch of promising individuals in that department including Billy Gilmour.
The Blues poached Gilmour from Rangers last year, securing one of Scotland’s biggest talents for a development fee believed to be worth around £500k (Sky Sports), a fee that could one day prove to be an absolute bargain given the ability and potential of the 17-year-old.
Gilmour, a midfielder in the playmaker mould, is a very technical footballer who can bring both a bit of spark and bite to the centre. On top of all of the quality he displays on the ball with his touch and passing, he is also not afraid to get involved in the more physical side of things.
“Yeah, I get that from my dad I think!,” Gilmour said in an interview with BBC Sport when asked about the more aggressive part of his game and the red card he received in a SPFL Development League match after previously mentioning how he puts himself about when training with the Chelsea first-team.
At 17 and given Chelsea’s track record when it comes to the handling of its youngsters, Gilmour has a long way to go until he can stake a real claim for a place in Sarri’s squad. While the route there also has the potential to be completely blocked by a player such as Mason Mount, another Chelsea youth product, currently thriving out on loan at Derby County under Frank Lampard.
However, there is no doubt Gilmour, who is already a Scotland U21 international, has the potential to become a truly special midfielder one day be it at Stamford Bridge or elsewhere.