Frank Lampard has insisted that Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour will go onto be a “huge player” for the club.
The 19-year-old joined Chelsea in 2017 from Rangers. A year after joining, he signed his first professional contract with the Blues when he was just 17 years old.
Frank Lampard handed him his senior debut in August 2019 against Sheffield United. He went onto make eleven appearances in all competitions last season.
Gilmour picked up a knee injury that kept him out for a few months. But he has recently returned to the first-team fold and he played the full 90 minutes as Chelsea beat Morecambe 4-0 in the FA Cup at the weekend.
In a recent interview, as cited by The Herald, Lampard heaped praise on the Chelsea starlet:
“I’m delighted to have Billy ready to go. He is going to be a huge player for this club.
“He’s young and, like all the youth I talk about in the squad, we need to give him time, but his talent is huge and I’m really happy with where he is.
“Billy is pushing and has been pushing since he made his breakthrough last season against top-level opposition, Liverpool.
“He played brilliantly then, got man of the match and reproduced that against Everton, but then his injury came pretty soon after that. From those moments – and even before – I knew Billy would be a very, very good player for this club.
“His attitude in rehab was exactly what I expected – that was great to see. Billy did everything right, kept himself fit and came straight back in.”