Billy Gilmour Debut In Kit

You might call it reactionary to type this now, after watching the Under-23s beat Liverpool 3-0 last night.

But you’ll have to take my word for it when I tell you that for me, rating some of these players is nothing new, having watched them all closely coming up through the Chelsea academy.

I’m not about to tell you that we need to fill our first team 11 with the 11 that played last night. However, there are a handful of these players that if they were to start against Norwich on Saturday, I’d have no concerns at all.

And some of them would even improve areas on the pitch, like crossing for example.

These youngsters can put in a very dangerous cross, something our first team seems to struggle with. You have Juan Castillo, Ian Maatsen, Tariq Lamptey, and Tariq Uwakwe who are all capable of a dangerous cross.

In fact, getting Castillo to sign a new contract this summer will prove to be one of the best deals of the year. For me, he’s a better winger than Willian, and I’d even say he’d push Pedro too.

Then we have big Faustino Anjorin, who is a 25-year old in a 17-year old’s body. Not just talent and development wise, but physically as well.

Think of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he shares many of the same traits as him, but he’s further developed and better than Ruben was when he was 17.

Billy Gilmour is class, put him in our midfield on Saturday and he would still be pulling the strings. Mature beyond his years, and a future world class midfielder.

Then you have Maatsen, who is a better left back than Marcos Alonso without a doubt, he could also push Emerson. Lamptey is better than Davide Zappacosta and also close to pushing Cesar Azpilicueta.

And finally, a super impressive Marc Guehi, who looked just as competent as Antonio Rudiger did alongside him at centre back last night. He was composed, won everything on the ground and in the air, and was a great leader.

Honestly, stick any of the above mentioned in our first team, they would do just fine.

 

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