Cesc Fabregas loves Billy Gilmour as Frank Lampard praises Chelsea youngsters, including Reece James after Grimsby win

26 Sep

Billy Gilmour ran the Chelsea midfield against Grimsby, a delighted Frank Lampard said after the Carabaou Cup win.

The Blues beat Grimsby 7-1 to set up a fifth round match against Manchester United, and the 18-year-old also won praise from Cesc Fabregas.

Gilmour, making his first start, was a stand out performer, with fellow newcomers Reece James and Marc Guehi also impressing on their debuts.

“I thought Gilmour ran the game from midfield, and Guehi was solid. They’ve been outstanding this year.

“With his end product Reece showed what he can do, an assist and a goal, but Reece’s performances on loan last year at Wigan showed the talent he’s got.

“I think he’s going to be a big player for this club. It’s just the start for Reece.

“And the young subs [Tino Anjorin and Ian Maatsen] showed how comfortable they are on the ball. Now the hard work starts to get in the team regularly.

“It says a lot about the academy, and nights like this give the opportunity to mix the team up and give them a chance, it gives good recognition to the academy.”

Also taking note of Gilmour was former Chelsea midfielder Fabregas, who tweeted: “He played amazing tonight. Personality is the most important at this age and he’s got it all right.

“Now time to keep learning and taking advantage of these games to prove the coach he’s good enough.”

It drew a simple ‘thank you’ from the rising star, who ’caused despair’ at Rangers when he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2017, according to Pat Nevin.

“He will be and is already a very, very exciting talent. Chelsea fans will definitely see more of him in the coming years,” the former Blue said of the highly regarded teenager.

Gilmour made his first start for Chelsea and ran the game, according to his manager
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Chelsea caused Rangers ‘despair’ by signing highly-rated midfielder Billy Gilmour in 2017, Pat Nevin reveals

3 Sep

Chelsea caused Rangers ‘despair’ when they signed the newest Blues debutant Billy Gilmour, Pat Nevin has revealed.

The highly-rated midfielder joined Chelsea for a reported £500,000 in 2017 after progressing through Rangers’ academy.

Billy Gilmour made his Chelsea debut during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United
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And Nevin, who played for Chelsea for five years between 1983 and 1988, says there was ‘fear’ around Ibrox when the Blues swooped for Gilmour.

Those in Scotland thought Gilmour would become the latest youngster signed by Chelsea who would get lost in their academy system, but the 18-year-old actually made his debut during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.

And he could be handed more first-team chances under manager Frank Lampard, who has placed his faith in fellow academy stars Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori this season.

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Nevin told Chelsea’s official website: “Those who follow Chelsea closely will know that the young Scotsman [Gilmour] is very highly regarded at the club, but those outside of Cobham and the 5th Stand bubble might be less educated.

“He will be and is already a very, very exciting talent. Chelsea fans will definitely see more of him in the coming years.

“Up in Scotland, however, his ability is not unknown. In fact there was much despair at Rangers and in Scotland generally when he was brought to Chelsea.

“There was a fear he could get lost in the huge churn of talent that is here and indeed the Premier League overall.

“I have lost count of the number of times when Scottish newspapers, radio stations and podcasters have asked me how I thought Billy was doing and how he would do in the longer term at Stamford Bridge.

“Most importantly, would he ever get a sniff of a first-team game?

“I always explained that he is very young, there are top international players ahead of him but if he continues to work hard, in a few years’ time you just never know.

“Patience, however, will be vital for him. Well it is just a few weeks since the last time I said that and I have been proved totally wrong already.”

Gilmour was introduced against Sheffield United as an 84th-minute substitute, and he got on the ball a few times to show his talent before the Blades netted their equaliser in the dying seconds of regulation time.