As the Chelsea team set off for Ireland a week ago, we wrote that Billy Gilmour was going to be one of the most exciting things about this trip. In reality, things went even better than expected.
We thought he would get some minutes, but certainly didn’t expect him to play 90 over 2 games. That gave him plenty of time on the pitch for Frank Lampard, and he used it well. He was calm, composed and creative, keeping the ball better than some of his senior teammates, and using it well in a slightly ragged second half.
It was also notable to see him bellowing orders at Tiemoue Bakayoko, a man with pretty decent Champions League experience, as well as about 6 inches extra height on young Billy. That shows what the tough little Scot is all about, and if he keeps it up it’s hard to see Frank Lampard being able to ignore him much longer.
In fact, the 18 year old may have just booked himself a spot on the flight to Japan on Monday. If he wasn’t already, Frank Lampard must be giving serious thought to the prospect of taking the former Rangers prodigy with him to the Far East.
There are other concerns of course, and maybe the squad prefer to have him back with the youth teams at Cobham preparing for the new season. But whether or not he ends up on the plane with the first team, he’s made huge progress towards that goal in the last week alone. Well done Billy, and keep it up.