England were held to a goalless draw by a superb Scotland team in Euro 2020 Group D on Friday night, and the standout performer was Billy Gilmour, who has been recently linked with a move to Newcastle United.
The Chelsea midfielder was in fine fettle as roaming box-to-box midfielder in what was a tepid game of football.
At Wembley, neither side were able to forge a decent enough chance to find the back of the net, as the game finished 0-0.
Despite the result, youngster Gilmour more than impressed during in the encounter at Wembley.
Some feel he was the best player on the pitch at Wembley.
Speaking after the match, Scotland manager Steve Clarke praised Gilmour for his performance.
He said, as quoted in Metro: “I don’t think there is any risk when you have somebody of Billy Gilmour’s talent. When you put him on the pitch you expect him to do what he did.”
‘He held the ball for us and allowed us to play through the midfield. I didn’t think it was a risk for the balance of the rest of the team. We were ready to support Billy in his role and I think we did that.
When Blues legend Frank Lampard was in charge at the Bridge, Gilmour was one of the brightest young players he brought through.
However, the former Rangers prospect had injury problems last season. There is also a strong competition for places in the Chelsea midfield.
The Northern Echo reported last month that Newcastle want to sign Gilmour on loan from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
The Magpies have already spoken to the Blues, who are reluctant to agree to a temporary exit.
Newcastle enjoyed huge success bringing in Joe Willock from Arsenal on loan – and by copying the same principle of bringing hungry British talent in, they will be granted the opportunity to elevate themselves past last campaign’s 12th position in the league and into the top ten.
Young players on the fringes of the big six want to remain in the Premier League – but their respective clubs aren’t ready to give them the game-time they desire, especially when there are trophies on the line and the pressure is much harder.
Newcastle should look to be a club that provides the service of minutes on the pitch. This will keep them overboard, not getting relegated, until the club is finally sold to a more ambitious owner.
Gilmour is a brilliant player who is able to boss the middle of the pitch and even control the tempo.
He would make a good replacement for the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Jeff Hendricks, who struggled to find decent form for the Magpies last season.
Gilmour would be able to provide those fast transitions and feed in the likes of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin.
But the problem is that by doing so well for Scotland at the European Championship, Gilmour is sending a message to Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel will surely have been impressed by the Chelsea midfielder’s performance against England.
The Chelsea boss could decide to keep the youngster in his team, meaning that Newcastle would suffer a blow in their quest to bring the youngster to St. James’ Park on a loan deal.