Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour awarded 6/10 for ‘exciting’ international display amid Newcastle interest
Reported Newcastle United target Billy Gilmour enjoyed an exciting cameo performance for Scotland in their final Euro 2020 warm-up fixture.
The Chelsea midfielder entered the action for Steve Clarke at half-time against Luxembourg on Sunday for his second international cap. He had made his senior Tartan Army debut in the closing stages of last Wednesday’s draw with the Netherlands.
Gilmour’s night would only last half an hour, however, after a clattering high challenge from Olivier Thill. But Clarke confirmed after the game that the 19-year-old was fine and could now consider starting him at Euro 2020.
Newcastle will be keeping a close eye on Gilmour’s performances at this summer’s European Championship. The Northern Echo claim Steve Bruce’s side have registered their interest in the teenager and will pursue a loan deal.
Chelsea informed the Toon that they are currently reluctant to send him out on loan next season. But he is the likeliest option to leave Stamford Bridge, as Bruce works on convincing Thomas Tuchel that he will benefit from a regular starting role.
Gilmour’s efforts against Luxembourg on Sunday, while brief, showed Newcastle what they could sign. They certainly left their mark on the Scottish media. The Daily Record awarded him a 6/10 rating and expect Clarke will be wondering where he can slot the teenager into his Euro 2020 plans.
“A really exciting cameo. Assured and direct, it was a shame he got clattered as he’s given his boss plenty to ponder,” they wrote.
TBR’s view: Gilmour is what Newcastle need
With Joe Willock returning to Arsenal after his loan spell at St James’ Park, Gilmour is just who Newcastle need. The youngster can add the impact he delivered for Scotland to Bruce’s side and, hopefully, develop in a similar fashion to the Gunners product.
Gilmour dazzled in his brief window to perform as he lit up a routine win over a 10-man Luxembourg side. He waltzed past the home defence twice and forced Anthony Morris to make a save with hopeful shots.
The Irvine native also demanded the ball throughout, and added impetus while John McGinn was unusually quiet. Morris had to do well to keep Gilmour out when the Aston Villa midfielder’s shot rebounded kindly to his path, as well.
Gilmour will now head to Euro 2020 brimming with confidence and a strong showing could work in Newcastle’s benefit. That is providing Bruce and Managing Director Lee Charnley can agree on a deal with Chelsea this summer.