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Gilmour compared with Manchester United legend Roy Keane

Chelsea rising star Billy Gilmour has been compared with Manchester United legend Roy Keane who was one of the best midfielders in the Pr...


Chelsea rising star Billy Gilmour has been compared with Manchester United legend Roy Keane who was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League era.

Gilmour was in impeccable form last night against Liverpool in the FA Cup, helping Chelsea to a 2-0 home victory over the European Champions, and was awarded the Man of the match.

Former Chelsea midfielder Tony Cascarino reckons there are similarities between young Billy Gilmour and young Roy Keane.

“He was thrown in the deep end and absolutely swam, he didn’t have an issue at all,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.

“In the first 15 minutes, he just set the standard for the game, just getting on it, having that inner belief and dictating the pace of the midfield.

“Without wanting to go over the top, because I’m as guilty as everybody of doing this and getting excited about what you see, but I remember Keane being very similar at this age.

“Roy Keane demanded the ball, he was a fearless footballer.

“When I first saw him at Nottingham Forest and then when he got in the Ireland squad, Roy just enjoyed having the ball, he demanded it, ‘give me it'

“Billy Gilmour did that. Roy was tenacious and Billy Gilmour showed that as well last night.

“Keane was a little bit older when he first came over from Ireland, but if I’m comparing that to what I’m seeing from an 18-year-old, Roy had that tenacity in his game where he just wanted the ball and never shirked anything. That’s what Gilmour did last night.”


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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