Steve Clarke Turns Down Chelsea’s Scottish Xavi

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Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour has been hailed as the Scottish Xavi by the Scottish media due to the style of play of the young midfielder who controls the game from midfield like an experienced player.

The 18-year-old impressed in the Blues’ 7-1 win over Grimsby in the Carabao Cup last week and there have been calls for him to be introduced to the Scotland senior team. However, Scotland boss and former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke opted not to call him up for his team’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and San Marino.

Clarke feels the Chelsea midfielder needs ‘time to grow and develop’, and the Blues youngster will continue instead to play for the Scotland Under-21 side, which is managed by Scot Gemmill.

“Billy is an exceptional young talent and we have to give the young players time to grow and develop,” Clarke explained.

“I think the best place for them to do that is in Scot’s Under-21 team. There are a lot of good boys down there.

“Scot’s got some good players there and it’s important that they grow together as a group. If they can develop and get a winning mentality then that’ll be good for Scotland in the future.”

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