Reported Newcastle United target and Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour had one of the best games of his career last night.
England were held to a goalless draw by a superb Scotland team in Euro 2020 Group D game at Wembley Stadium in London.
Neither side could find the breakthrough in what was the fourth ever scoreless draw in this fixture.
England fans will be disappointed with the display, but they will be encouraged to know that progression to the knockout stages is in their hands.
Meanwhile, Scotland supporters will be pleased to see their side play so well against their arch-rivals.
And a focal point of their positivity will stem from youngster Gilmour, who more than impressed in the encounter at Wembley.
The Chelsea midfielder came into the public conscious at the start of last campaign when Blues legend Frank Lampard was at the helm.
He’s lost some minutes since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel and has had also injury problems – and as such as been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
One of the linked clubs is, indeed, Newcastle, who are looking to bolster their ranks with a £50 million budget handed down by owner Mike Ashley.
Manager Steve Bruce will be hoping to prove doubters wrong and improve upon the Magpies’ commendable 12th-place finish in the Premier League last campaign.
One of the ways to do this would be by strengthening – with eyes on Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Gilmour, according to speculation.
A report in the Northern Echo last month claimed that the club will attempt to secure a loan deal if Chelsea are willing to make either player available for a temporary move in the summer.
As a result of the budget, the Magpies are prioritising potential loan deals for this window.
The report goes on to state that Newcastle ‘have spoken to Chelsea officials about their interest in Gilmour and Abraham, and while the Blues are currently reluctant to agree to loan moves for either player, there is a feeling that position could change as the summer progresses’.
Gilmour, 20, featured in Scotland’s draw with England – and his display ignited a wide array of compliments, as shown below
Gilmour looked very classy on the ball, imposed himself in the middle of the pitch, made the right decisions with his passing, and also won his battles with Mason Mount.
The Chelsea youngster had a pass accuracy of 90.9%, took 49 touches, made two tackles, and put in one cross.
Absolutely without question. I want Billy Gilmour in newcastle immediately.— Si (@SiGallagher) June 18, 2021
Gilmour once expressed his desire to match the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the future.
He said to BBC Sport: “I think every kid’s dream should be that. If someone is better than me, I want to be better than them.
“I’ve always had a winning mentality and I hate losing, so when I see someone doing better, I need to match them.”