The injuries are stacking up for Chelsea and they could well be without key centre midfielders N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, after both picked up issues whilst on international duty.
Kante is struggling this season with injuries and will probably need to be fully rested before coming back into the fold. Whilst the extend of Kovacic’s injury is yet to be known.
The Blues will be left with Jorginho as their only natural deep midfield option. Frank Lampard will then have Ross Barkley and Mason Mount as his only other fit senior midfielders.
Neither of these two have been used in the deep double pivot role and are comfortable in more advanced positions.
This leaves Lampard with only one other option, 18-year old Billy Gilmour.
Lampard has used him a few times already this season giving him some valuable first team experience. This has proven to be a very wise move, seeing as he may well be calling on him again when his side face Newcastle at the weekend.
Lampard was criticised by a section of Chelsea fans after using Gilmour against Sheffield United, when they ended up drawing 2-2. However, it was once again odd criticism due to Gilmour not actually doing a lot wrong.
But Lampard knows his squad depth can soon become minimal after a few injuries, and it has done exactly that now.
Gilmour has absolutely got the quality to play for the first team now, I’d have no concerns if Lampard started him on Saturday and I am fully confident that he will have a good game.
I am sure there would have been teams interested in loaning the Scotland under-21 international at the start of this season. But seeing as Ethan Ampadu was always going to go out on loan, it was a good decision to keep a quality midfielder like Gilmour in the camp, ready to step up when needed.
He may be more than needed now…