In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports UK, Chelsea teenager Billy Gilmour reveals his footballing inspiration, gives an insight into his sensational display against Liverpool – and reveals his modelling pedigree.
The 18-year-old has caught the eye with mature midfield performances for Frank Lampard’s youthful Chelsea side, with pundit Roy Keane even singing his praises after his Premier League debut against Everton.
Speaking to Jamie Redknapp on The Football Show, Gilmour revealed the continental stars who had inspired him at a young age.
“When I was young I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – everyone did. But when I started to analyse my game and think about who I would like to progress to be like, it was more like Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas – it was those players.
“It was something about how they passed the ball, receiving the ball, everything was sharp. Sergio Busquets too; when you watch Barcelona and you watch Busquets individually, everything happens around him.
“Those are the kind of players I looked up to, getting on the ball and making things happen.”
“When I was at Rangers, the youth coaches were amazing and helped me a lot. I went to a performance school in Scotland where you do individual training at an academy, so instead of going to a Geography class, you go and play football in that period.
“My Dad played football too and always told me to keep it simple, work hard, and you can’t go wrong.
“At the time [when moving to Chelsea], I didn’t really know what was going to happen. But when I went down, saw everything and they had a plan, it was unbelievable. It was a dream. I always wanted to go and play in the Premier League to test myself and see what my limit is.
“When I first came, I’d say I was more of an attacking midfielder, and then Jody Morris turned me into a deeper player. To get on the ball and start play is best for me, but I am happy playing anywhere.”