Billy Gilmour’s Liverpool display proves he can be the calm in Chelsea’s injury chaos
Amid the worst midfield crisis that Chelsea have suffered in recent years, there is one bright light.
N’Golo Kante has struggled with injuries all season, while Mateo Kovacic could be out for a while after hobbling off in the first half of the 2-0 Liverpool win.
Meanwhile, Jorginho is suspended for the next two Premier League matches and the Champions League second leg at Bayern Munich.
But in the middle of all the carnage and chaos of Chelsea’s injury problems, Billy Gilmour stood as the symbol of calm.
With Chelsea fans worried about the upcoming games, Gilmour’s performance against Liverpool said ‘don’t worry, lads. I’ve got this’.
Liverpool have played a lot of youngsters in the FA Cup this season, but at the base of their midfield Fabinho took his usual role.
Seen as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League right now, Fabinho was made to look almost foolish by the 18-year-old at times.Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles
Gilmour’s two first team starts this season had come against Manchester United and Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup.
But Liverpool is a different animal altogether this season, and rightly they are cruising to the Premier league title.
So for Gilmour to not just look comfortable, but for him to be the best player on the pitch, was a special achievement.Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles
His willingness to collect the ball at the edge of his own box, to go past people, to crunch a few tackles and to track back were all sublime.
And the cherry on top of the cake was the turn which left Fabinho for dead and begging for the final whistle to come.
But of course, the question now will be what happens to Gilmour and his place in the squad?
“For us, I will only talk about us, Billy showed today that he is absolutely comfortable at this level, now,” Frank Lampard said after the win.
“I am the first not to get carried away but if he can play like he played tonight then he is comfortable at the level he can get himself around the team now. The players know that. They can sense good players. He has trained with us all year.
“The reason he moved from academy to the first team building, trained with us all the time and started against Liverpool is because he of how good a player he is. That’s all his doing.”Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles
With no Kante, Kovacic or Jorginho this weekend to face Everton, Lampard’s preferred midfield trio, Gilmour has as good a shot as any to be in that starting XI.
Patience, of course, needs to shown by supporters, like with all the young players who have been on display this season.
At just 18, Gilmour is an exciting talent, but there is no doubt that he will have his good days and his bad.Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles
In a culture of social media where we are keen to build a player up before knocking them right back down, Gilmour is the perfect example of allowing the talent to mature.
‘There’s only one Billy Gilmour’ was sung out around Stamford Bridge in the second half.
And it might not be the last time that we hear that.