The young Billy Gilmore, now fully recovered from his offseason knee surgery, made his first start to the project after Chelsea drew 1-1 with the enthusiastic Krasnodar team at Stamford Bridge last night.
Excluding the result, it was a fairly decent game from the Blues, highlighted by two 19-year-old Gilmore and Tino Anjorin. However, Anjorin is currently scheduled to be in the first team (mostly training and occasional attendance), but bigger things can be expected from Gilmore. He did the marginal thing already last season and did it so well, so now it’s time to take a new (child) step – which doesn’t make any sense in this case (which has been rumored a bit lately).
That’s exactly what Lampard hinted in his comments after the match, talking about finding the right path for the kid for the rest of the season.
“I thought Billy was outstanding. The way he plays and how he trains today, I see him grow up with us. He’s going to be a Chelsea player so make sure the path is right for him.
“He made exactly that path last season and was later injured at the wrong time but playing like today he got a lot to offer us.”
– Frank Lampard; Source: Chelsea FC
Gilmour was deployed as one of two “No. 8” midfielders in the three-man midfield, although his initial role was seen as a backup to N’Golo Kanti at the base of the triangle instead of the most. But Gilmore’s versatility means he’s able to do both, (or a little better than that) differently, he said, referring to Jorgenho, who is less likely to take on a more dynamic leading role.
Gilmore proves to everyone here that he can play as perfectly as that. This was discussed earlier this year for some reason.
– Chelsea Youth (Chelsea) December 8, 2020
The first-choice midfielder for Lampard at the moment is quite clearly looking for form with Kanti, Mason Mount and Mato Koviইs – Kai Havertez, as well as Wing Need – which should give Gilmore plenty of opportunities in the weeks and months ahead.
That sounds like the right path for him and us.