Gilmour’s success didn’t happen overnight, claims Chelsea legend

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Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has been the most talked about midfielder since his five star performance against Liverpool and Everton.

Gilmour was named man of the match in both games against the two Merseyside clubs ad he pulled the strings in midfield and enabled Chelsea get a stunning 2-0 and 4-0 victory respectively.

With all the plaudits coming in for the teenager, Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has now revealed that the youngster’s recent success didn’t happen overnight.

Pat Nevin wrote in his column for the official club website: “If we think our lives have transformed, just think how different the world must look through the eyes of Billy Gilmour since around 8pm last Tuesday.

“That is when an entire nation seemed to wake up to the talent that our young Scottish midfielder has, since then that rise has been nothing short of meteoric. The plaudits are coming in not only from the pundits but from everywhere else. Chelsea fans, writers, former players and admirers from other clubs have not been slow to come forward.

“As with all overnight successes, it isn’t really overnight, Billy has been working a lifetime, albeit a pretty short one so far, building up to this moment. He never looked like fluffing his lines in front of a surprised, then intrigued and finally hugely impressed audience. He was Man of the Match against Liverpool and then carried on in precisely the same vein against Everton six days later.

“The Chelsea fan base is gobsmacked at this arrival and that is saying something considering we have enjoyed recent breakthroughs from Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and well, you know the rest of the list.”

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