While Mason Mount may have been the Chelsea youngster on the scoresheet in our impressive 4-0 weekend win over Everton, it was another Academy graduate earning plenty of praise following a second eye-catching display of the week.
Mount is still in the early throes of his Chelsea career but it is a fellow midfielder, two years his junior, who has emerged into the Stamford Bridge spotlight in recent days. Billy Gilmour was named man of the match for the second game running following another mature midfield performance, five days on from his equally impressive outing against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
After the game, Mount was quick to praise the impact of his fellow Academy graduate and his effortless step up to senior football.
‘That’s just Billy,’ he said of the 18-year-old’s easy adaptation to the first team environment. ‘I’m not surprised. I know what he is as a player and as a boy.
‘I’m very close to him so I know what character he is and I had no doubts whatsoever about him stepping up and performing the way he has in the last two games. I have massive confidence in him and he shows it when he comes out onto the pitch.'
Mount also vowed to ensure the Scottish teenager remains grounded amidst the hype, though he doesn’t expect that to be too much of a problem.
‘He’s been dominant and confident on the ball, which is what you want,’ Mount went on. ‘The young players coming through are going to have these challenges. It’s obviously a big achievement to make it into the first team, to start a game at home at Stamford Bridge.
‘He’s very grounded, got a good family around him and he’s a very screwed-on boy so it won’t get to him at all.
‘I won’t let it get to him either - I’ll keep him grounded so he’ll be fine!