Young Billy Gilmour certainly caught the eye during his first 90 minutes for Chelsea and he has been praised by two players who have previously shone in his position for the Blues.
One is our current head coach no less, and after the game Frank Lampard, who last month handed the 18-year-old his debut as a substitute against Sheffield United, gave his verdict on Gilmour’s contribution to the 7-1 dismantling of Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup.‘From Billy Gilmour it was a fantastic full debut, he ran the game from midfield,’ said Lampard.‘I am pleased to give debuts out because they deserve it. I thought Billy was possibly the best player on the pitch. He moved the ball at a pace and every ball he hits is punchy and into people’s feet so I am delighted for him.’Gilmour in the past has spoken about studying another of our former midfielders, Cesc Fabregas, and the way the Spaniard went about influencing our play during his successful years at Stamford Bridge.After last night’s game, Fabregas returned the compliment on Twitter.
Maybe you were at Stamford Bridge or maybe you have not had the chance yet to see how Gilmour played. Either way, there is a chance to assess his display by watching the video above, which has all of the young Scot’s touches of the ball during the third-round tie.Here is the player’s own verdict on the game:‘It was a really good feeling to make my full debut, and it was really good to get the win,’ he said.‘It was breathtaking. It was a great night to walk out in front of all the Chelsea fans. And the boys performed really well. You could see the attacking threat we had with the goals.‘I have worked hard for this so it wasn’t a shock, but I had to step up and show what I’m capable of. I think I played well.’