Billy Gilmour was handed a Chelsea start in the FA Cup – and boy how the Scotland starlet grabbed this opportunity with both hands.
Frank Lampard hasn’t been short of praise for Scotland’s young starlet and recently promoted him to the senior Stamford Bridge dressing room. After an inclusion on the bench on Champions League duty, the Chelsea manager opted to start Gilmour during an FA Cup fifth round tie with Liverpool.
If people weren’t aware of who the teenager was prior to his star-studded appearance against the Reds, they do now.
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Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners over Jurgen Klopp’s side, with goals coming from Willian and Ross Barkley. Whilst progression is brilliant for the Blues, Gilmour’s performance was one of the most talked about aspects of this game.
He was trending on Twitter for a period after the match If that’s any indication to how well he did. Gilmour was awarded Man of the Match too after turning Liverpool’s midfield inside-out with slick passing, great movement and battling.
Whatever he was asked to do by Lampard, pass the ball, protect the back four, you name it, Gilmour did it. It’s caught the eye of many and has world football perked up after an electrifying display.
77% pass accuracy, 62 touches, five tackles, a chance created and two take-ons. Scotland boss Steve Clarke will be assessing his options for the Euro 2020 play-off matches at the end of this month right now – and Gilmour may just have came into his thoughts in some style.