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Graeme Souness mocks former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker while heaping praise to Chelsea youngster.

Graeme Souness employed former Arsenal defender, Per Mertesacker, as an illustration as to how stats can ‘kid you completely’ when celebrating Chelsea talent, Billy Gilmour.

While speaking to ITV on Saturday afternoon, Souness was speaking about how he was fascinated with Gilmour’s play during Scotland’s 0-0 draw against England on Friday at Euro 2020.

With Arsenal defender, Kieran Tierney performing an equally good performance behind the Chelsea fellow for Scotland.

Gilmour ran the show in the middle of the square, as England’s midfielders – Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, and Mason Mount grappled to produce a forward-thinking display and cope with his abilities.

And Souness hurled how safe and negative midfielders have become in today’s game, as he mocked Mertesacker’s statistics from over five years ago as an example as to why it’s a problem.

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“Billy Gilmour, the first thought, as with all the Scotland players was in there or get it forward,” said Souness.

“I don’t want to be critical of the two defensive midfielders (Phillips and Rice). But the modern midfield player would seem to get away with where it’s just enough to keep possession. That means they are going sideways.

“I go back five or six years. The player who completed the most passes in the Premier League, this is where stats can kid you completely, was Mertesacker at Arsenal. And it was like ten yards there. Ten yards here.

“I come back to Gilmour. He has the wonderful habit of only passing to the same coloured shirt.”

It was quite the display from the Scots at Wembley despite many writing them off before a ball was kicked.

Gilmour was conceivably Man of the Match on the night and if he wasn’t then Tierney wasn’t far away.

After the Arsenal left-back missed Scotland’s opening game through injury, he was back with a bang against the Three Lions, producing a steady attacking and defensive display on the night.

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