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Just two years ago, Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour was named as the MVP in the Toulon tournament, and speaking after the tournament, the then 17-year-old admitted that he wants to be the best player in the world.
“That’s always been my ambition, to be the best player,” he told the Scottish Daily Mail.
“In the world, yeah. 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.”
Fast forward two years later and Gilmour is already being compared with the best names in the world after man of the match performances against Liverpool and Everton.
The teenager was included in the Scotland U21 squad for the upcoming international games, and Scotland Under-21 head coach Scot Gemmill has told the Herald he admires the ambition of Billy Gilmour, likening the mindset of the Chelsea midfielder to a golden generation of Scottish players from the 1970s.
“A few people would say that Billy was immature with what he said, but others would say that it shows his hunger and his ambition,” said Gemmill.
“There is a real resonance for me when I hear someone say something like that because I am also hearing it from my father who mirrored that mentality with the greats of Scottish football. That era had every player wanting to be the best player and weren’t happy if they weren’t the best player, no matter who they were playing.
“Guys like Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness and [Archie Gemmill] too, in fact the entire dressing room, were sitting there before the game thinking in their heads that they were going to be the best player. They wanted to be the best player out there.”