Billy Gilmour has been tipped for the top by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard as the Scottish teenager’s development south of the border continues.
The youngster made a breakthrough at Chelsea last term with 11 appearances that caught the eye, leading to calls for his inclusion in the senior Scotland side. A torn meniscus in July though ended his 2019/20 season early.
He made his comeback in November last year for Chelsea and Scotland youth sides before stepping back up into the senior fold, starting over the weekend as the Blues coasted into the next round of the FA Cup with a victory over Morecambe.
His performance, while against lower league opposition, was again impressive. Gilmour has been linked with loan moves away from Chelsea as he pushes for a place at Euro 2020 in the summer but Lampard has hinted that won’t be the fate for the Napoli-linked Scotsman.
The Chelsea boss says that he’s delighted with how his young starlet is progressing: “I’m delighted to have Billy ready to go. He is going to be a huge player for this club. He’s young and, like all the youth I talk about in the squad.
“We need to give him time, but his talent is huge and I’m really happy with where he is. Billy is pushing and has been pushing since he made his breakthrough last season against top-level opposition.”