First published: 15/10/2019
Chelsea prospect Billy Gilmour has revealed that the sharp rise of the club’s young players means it’s felt
The 18-year-old is one of a number of Blues starlets to have been provided a path to first-team football this campaign under Frank Lampard’s tutelage, most recently bossing the midfield in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth round triumph over Liverpool.
Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have all been in and around Lampard’s first-choice XI, getting unprecedented minutes in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
“We go down to train most days to hopefully get an opportunity and when the opportunity comes he [Frank Lampard] has faith in us to go and perform.”
Gilmour made his Premier League bow late on in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge in August, before seizing his biggest opportunity, playing the full 90 minutes as he bossed the midfield in the 7-1 win over Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup. He also featured for 70 minutes against Manchester United in the next round.
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“I’ve made my Premier League debut, which was a big moment, and then also in the Carabao Cup to start from the beginning and play the full game was very exciting for me. But the amount of young players in the team is dead promising.
“I wasn’t bricking it, I was excited, but obviously had the nerves,” he said.
Lampard himself has said the Scotland Under-21 international has “lit up” training.
“He’s like an old-fashioned midfield player. I know modern midfield players do it, he’s constantly making angles, berating people even though he’s a young boy, personality in the way he plays, never scared to receive the ball. He’s got a really big chance.”
Meanwhile, Gilmour’s actual mates are following different paths, with others still in education and some playing north of the border.
“We came up the exact same way and we just went different pathways, he’s gone to United and I’ve come down to London to play for Chelsea. I still speak to him about it and laugh about it.
“But nah, it’s good when they come down, puts a smile on my face, something different to do instead of sitting in and playing FIFA. It’s not a bad life.”
Billy Gilmour wears the adidas Nemeziz 19+, available at www.adidas.co.uk/football-shoes.