Youth football expert makes defiant defence of 'perplexed' Billy Gilmour

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

Billy Gilmour had been a dominant midfielder in youth football but he found the going tough during his loan at Norwich last season.

The 21-year-old returned to Chelsea to fight for his place but Thomas Tuchel froze him out of the senior squad and he, therefore, completed a deadline-day move to Brighton and Hove Albion.

He thought he was heading to the South Coast to play under Graham Potter at the Amex but very soon after his move, the Blues sacked Tuchel and poached Potter from the Seagulls, along with many of his staff members.

Brighton went on to hire Roberto De Zerbi but Gilmour was an unused substitute in the Italian’s first game in charge away at Liverpool.

Harry Hudson, the founder of the Kinetic Academy, believes that the Scottish international will be totally baffled by the whole situation but backs him to come good if he gets the chance to shine.

“I imagine he might be a bit perplexed by the situation,” Hudson exclusively told The Football Wonderkids. “He’s a super-talented footballer.

“The thing is, although he might be a bit disheartened now, Brighton have a very clear identity and a very clear plan and I can’t imagine that they’re going to get a manager who is not going to fit Billy Gilmour.

“His talent is there and it should show through if he is given the opportunity so I think Brighton is probably the right club for him.”

“His career only really started when he went to Norwich last season and didn’t play much so people started saying he’s not as good as we thought he was but I think it was more the wrong timing of the move which obviously went against him.”

The Seagulls welcome Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side to the Amex on Saturday, hoping to keep up their top-four form so far this season.

In other Brighton news, they have now entered a hotly-contested race for this youngster, also from Scotland, with Leeds in hot pursuit.