Billy Gilmour this month made the move from Academy to men's first team, and is looking to be the latest recruit to have a positive impact for Frank this season.
Billy joined our Academy in 2017, making the move from Rangers where he had been since the age of eight. A technical midfielder with an eye for a pass, Billy excels at creating chances for the players around him.
His first season for the Academy in 2017/18 proved to be a very successful one, with Jody Morris's side winning all four competitions they entered. This included a fifth successive FA Youth Cup, with Billy scoring in the final.
That summer Billy was called up to the Scotland U-21 side, despite being just 16 years old, and won young player of the tournament at the prestigious Toulon Tournament. On his return to Cobham Billy signed his first professional contract with the club, which was later extended to run until the end of the 2022/23 season.
This season has seen Gilmour take further strides forward, with his senior and Premier League debut for the club coming in August when he was a late substitute for Tammy Abraham. He followed that up with a full debut vs Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup, a 7-1 win which saw Billy earn praise from his head coach, with Lampard declaring him as the best player on the pitch.
At the start of February Gilmour was promoted to a full-time member of the men's first team, the latest step in his young career. Afterwards he told Chelsea TV ‘It’s a dream come true for me. It’s the first big step I think, moving into the first team dressing room at a club like Chelsea. It’s massive for me.’