Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has heaped praise on teenager Billy Gilmour after his “amazing” performance against Grimsby Town in the League Cup on Wednesday night.
The Scottish youngster put in a brilliant showing as Chelsea ran out 7-1 winners, notching up a 93% pass completion rate and making the second-highest number of key passes (4) of any player on the pitch.
How good was Gilmour vs Grimsby? Five things to know…
- Gilmour made his first Chelsea start against Grimsby on Wednesday night.
- The youngster played a key role in the Blues’ 7-1 demolition of the Mariners.
- Gilmour had a 93% pass completion rate and provided four key passes.
- Cesc Fabregas took to social media to hail his “amazing” performance.
- Gilmour is 15th on the list of Chelsea’s youngest-ever players.
The 18-year-old showed wonderful composure on his full debut and his performance did not go unnoticed by Fabregas, who won two Premier League titles during his 198-game spell with the Blues.
“He played amazing tonight,” Fabregas tweeted of Gilmour.
“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.”
Thank You🙌🏼 https://t.co/tqsaAOG0Je
— Billy Gilmour (@billygilmourrr) September 25, 2019
Frank Lampard was heavily criticised for introducing Gilmour from the bench in place of Mateo Kovacic during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United earlier this season and, so was obviously thrilled to see his protege put in such a commanding performance on Wednesday.
“I thought Billy was outstanding,” the Chelsea boss said. “His passing and pace of pass, the way he moves the ball and passes quickly between the lines, his desire, just his all-round midfield play.
“I love the way he wants the ball, he’s always available, he did that straight away in the first team today.”
“Hard work” paying off for Gilmour
As was displayed on the pitch on Wednesday, Gilmour is hardly a shy character, despite his young age.
The former Rangers man revealed he learned of his first Chelsea start on Tuesday, so, typically, took it confidently in his stride, knowing it was simply another reward for years of hard work.
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“I’ve worked hard for this, it wasn’t a shock when it came to me I had to step up and show what I’m capable of,” he said.
“I’m not shy, on the pitch it’s football if you’re not going to talk, what are you doing on the pitch? You need to communicate, it’s your job at the end of the day. That’s a big part of my game.”