Billy Gilmour: The Player that Chelsea signed because he got a Red Card in a Match

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Clubs go out every transfer window to search for a target that suit their needs and style of play. Especially for first team Players, it's the Manager that will identified the key areas in his Squad that needs to be strengthened.

It's the same reason that made Thomas Tuchel signed Romelu Lukaku last Summer that made Mikel Arteta to signed Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Aaron Ramsdale. It's the same reason why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo. These Players were all signed to plugged different roles at their respective clubs. 

While the reason for signing First team Players are always so clear, the same can't be said about Players that were signed into Development squad or youth team. Many of these Youngsters were signed because the Scouts saw potentials in them. They are signed because of two reasons. They either come up good and break into the first team Squad or the club cashed in on them by selling them. 

The transfer of Billy Gilmour to Chelsea in 2017 wasn't because the Man that scouted him saw potentials in him, it was actually because Billy got a Red Card in that game. Who could have thought that getting sent off in a game is among the criteria that Chelsea used to hunt for new talents? 

In 2017, Chelsea's Under 18 Coach who also doubled as a scout for the Blues at that time, watched Billy Gilmour played for Rangers' youth team against Hibernian. Billy Gilmour was just 15 years old at that time and he was already playing against Players that doubled his size. 

According to Metro UK, Jody Morris said he noticed Billy Gilmour's attitude towards the bigger Players that were bullying him on the pitch and how responded to their cheap antics.

Morris said: "Billy played well, nothing special. But there were bits of bullying going on of a 15-year-old by older pros who weren’t in the Hibernian first team. He waited for an opportunity to smash them back, and He did. I’d seen loads of stuff with him looking technically great. Lovely passing, a bright footballer who understood the game. That reminded me a bit of myself. When you’re little, people try and take liberties. So I liked the personality to stand up to it."

"It wasn’t a red card challenge for me. But I remember thinking that I like that side of it. As he walked off, I said to our chief youth scout Jim Fraser: Let’s go, that’s us seen all we need. He’ll do for me."

That was how Billy Gilmour was signed by Chelsea in 2017. Billy Gilmour remained at Chelsea academy at that time while Jody Morris moved to Derby County to work as Frank Lampard's assistant. When Chelsea appointed Frank Lampard as Manager, the Englishman asked Jody Morris to be his assistant. 

It was probably because of Billy Gilmour's exceptional performance at Chelsea youth team but, Jody Morris being present at Chelsea as an assistant at the time Frank Lampard handed Billy Gilmour his Chelsea debut wasn't an entire coincidence.

Billy Gilmour eventually made 11 League appearances during the 2019/20 Season before he busted his knee which sidelined him for months. His lack of playing time under Thomas Tuchel made the Blues to send him on loan to Norwich City last Summer.

Unfortunately, his time at the Carrow Roads hasn't being going as planned because the Scotland International has made just 4 League starts out of 11 games this season. With Daniel Farke out as the Manager of the Canaries last weekend, it's expected that the arrival of a new Manager could possibly spell a new beginning for Billy Gilmour at the club.

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