English Premiership

Lampard: Gilmour has everything

Billy Gilmour (AFP)
Billy Gilmour (AFP)

Manager Frank Lampard says young Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has a bright future ahead of him.

At just 18-year-old, the Scotland under 21 international has already impressed for the Blues.

He shone against Liverpool in the FA Cup and Everton on his Premier League debut.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Football Show, Lampard said: "We've had a few lads come through this year and they're great to work with, they're like sponges, they want to come in and they want to learn.

"Billy has probably given me as much pleasure as anyone because when you look at him he's quite slight in stature, he's quiet, he's polite and he's young, but you should see him train day to day.

"Billy moved over to the first team building a while ago, he just had to because he trained at such a level if you have a possession a game, whatever, he has such a good attitude and does the basics so well.

"It can get a bit lost in modern day can you do the basics right and Billy does them day in day out. People think I threw him in a bit against Liverpool but he probably should’ve played a little bit earlier given how he was training.

Lampard added: "That was me being a bit conservative with him but the minute he got in there he went and did it against Liverpool, the best team in the country, so he's set a benchmark he's now got to try and match when we come back from this break.

"I just hope now that Billy will go on and have the career that we think he should have and I’m sure he will as he’s really talented and has everything needed for a midfield player."

Chelsea entered the enforced break as a result of the coronavirus in fourth place on the Premier League standings.

- TEAMtalk media

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