Chelsea boss Frank Lampard described Billy Gilmour’s Man of the Match display in his side’s 2-0 win against Liverpool in the FA Cup as ‘incredible’.
The 18-year-old put in a sensational performance against the Reds after he was named as a surprise starter by Lampard at Stamford Bridge.
Gilmour looked more than comfortable up against the likes of Fabinho in Liverpool’s midfield and was praised by Alan Shearer for a progressive style of play in, his opinion, contrast to Jorginho.
‘What an incredible performance from a young player against the best team in the land,’ said Lampard.
‘People might look at him and see he’s quite slight (but) he’s huge in personality.
‘He’s a throwback to the days of midfielders as I grew up, when people said ‘can you put your foot in?’, Yes, ‘can you make angles always to get the ball?’, Yes, ‘can you play the right pass and pick the simple one at the right time?’, Yes, and he’s got all that’
Later in his post-match press conference, Lampard continued his praise for the diminutive midfielder.
‘I have absolute trust in him. If he is small in stature, he is huge in personality and talent,’ said Lampard.
The teenager joined Chelsea from Rangers no his 16th birthday in 2017 after long negotiations between the two clubs.
The Blues spotted Gilmour’s talent almost 18 months earlier but had to agree a compensation package with the Scottish giants, who were furious at losing the midfielder.
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