Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed midfielder Billy Gilmour after an “outstanding” performance against Krasnodar. On Tuesday evening, he gave an excellent performance in midfield for Chelsea in their 1-1 draw in the Champions League.
The 19-year-old has battled back from a four-month injury lay-off after knee surgery. He looked assured and confident on his return to the West London side after following an injury as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Krasnodar. Chelsea had already won Group E.
However, Gilmour is working his way back in and is already affecting. The teenager enjoyed a stellar breakthrough campaign last term. But now he may stand up against even greater competition for chances at Stamford Bridge given Chelsea’s £220 million summer signing.
Billy Gilmour has done nothing but impresses since breaking into Chelsea’s first team last season. The 19-year-old delivered a man-of-the-match display in Chelsea as he did within his first-ever Premier League campaign.
The Scotland Under-21 international has reportedly attracted interest from Napoli. Following his return to action this month, Lampard has already stressed about the injuries. Because injuries can always take their toll.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard hailed Gilmour’s showing in the dead-rubber Champions League encounter. However, tipping the ex-Rangers youth product to push hard for regular football now.
Lampard was able to heavily rotate Chelsea side for their final fixtures
The Blues had already won Group E, leaving Tuesday’s west London affair. Somewhat of an afterthought, though not for those Chelsea stars battling to prove their selection points. There is no doubt that Gilmour is a senior player and having the potential to go to the very top in his position.
Talk of a loan spell for the back end of the season has been discussed. However, Lampard says no decision has been made but was adamant that his long-term future is at Chelsea. He also believes Gilmour ‘has a lot to offer’ Chelsea and suggests the midfielder is part of his first-team plans for the remainder of the season.
Lampard thought that Billy was outstanding on his return. He feels comfortable with him coming back because he’s trained well. He did his rehab and he deserved his chance tonight, said Lampard.
With the likes of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, and Mason Mount in superb form. On Tuesday night’s goalscorer Jorginho also waiting in the wings. There have been suggestions that Gilmour may be loaned out. When the transfer window opens next month to give him more regular playing time.
Lampard hailed his work ethic. Further, he admitted Gilmore would spend the next few weeks with the first team. while Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi recover from hamstring issues. So there are so many chances that Frank Lampard can fit Gilmour on a regular basis.
After Lampard continue his statement and said that with the injuries they have, in the short-term Gilmore will spend more time with us. It was a good debut and he grew into the game as it went along. He’s going to be a Chelsea player. so it’s just about making sure the pathway is right for him, he said.