Billy Gilmour got a rare Chelsea start on Thursday night in the FA Cup last 16 tie against Barnsley. It was a tricky tie for the Blues, as the Championship side gave as good as they got, putting Chelsea under plenty of pressure.
However, Chelsea emerged with a 1-0 win to book a place in the last eight of the competition. The only goal of the game came from Tammy Abraham, but the 19-year-old Gilmour played a key role in the goal.
Found space in midfield
He found space in the middle of midfield, and his pass found Reece James on the wing. James then crossed the ball for Abraham to slide the ball home.
Gilmour can be pleased with his contribution, especially when you consider that it was only his fifth start of the season. Interestingly, he has played the 90 minutes in all of Chelsea’s FA Cup games this season, which could be an indication that he will play in next month’s quarter-final against Sheffield United.
Will be hoping for more Premier League minutes
Of course, Gilmour will be wanting to feature more regularly for Chelsea in the Premier League. So far he has made only two league appearances this season.
However, he has made the bench in recent weeks, which means that he must be in the plans of recently appointed manager Thomas Tuchel.
It will be interesting to see if Gilmour features for Chelsea in their next league game, against Newcastle on Monday night. His performance against Barnsley might well see him in contention for some game time. Perhaps it might even lead to a rare Premier League start, only time will tell.