I’ll begin by saying I am not comparing Billy Gilmour to N’Golo Kante here. In fact, the aforementioned plays in a different style to Kante.
However, there are many positive similarities, mainly being they both have terrific match engines and bring bite to our midfield.
Gilmour is finally back in Chelsea’s squad tomorrow night.
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Kante has helped bring defensive stability to Chelsea’s starting line up playing as a regular in that holding midfield role. Whilst I had always doubted that this takes away his energy in a box-to-box role, he has proved that he has the discipline to play the sole defensive midfielder role and not only that, play it so well that he has once again proven to be indispensable.
This means though, that when Kante needs a rest or is out injured, you really notice it. This is no slight on Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, they are both fantastic players and technically very gifted, but they do lack the same bite as Kante, and in Jorginho’s case, lack the pace and energy in transition.
Jorginho is more of a deep lying playmaker, which is great in that style of football, but it does take away some the defensive stability that Kante brings.
This is where Gilmour comes in, he is closer to Kante in what he can bring to this Chelsea side. He is tough in the tackle, has plenty of pace and energy, and he is comfortable receiving the ball in tight areas under pressure.
But Gilmour even has that attacking threat about his game as well, he can be a threat going forward and carrying the ball at pace from deep.
For the record, I don’t necessarily see his long-term position as a holding midfielder, more of a number 7. But then I didn’t envisage Kante to be mainly playing in that position either, but look how that’s turned out!