It’s widely known that the road from the Chelsea academy to the first team is difficult to travel down.

Many youngsters have left the Chelsea academy with high hopes of making the first team, only to be shipped out on loan or sold elsewhere.

Nathan Ake, Bertrand Traore and Tomas Kalas are good examples of this.

But rarely does a player so talented come through the academy where people are nailing him down for a future first team spot.

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Mason Mount – who is currently on loan at Derby County – and Ethan Ampadu are in this bracket.

And because of Billy Gilmour’s recent displays for the youth team, he has been put him in the same group.

Having joined from Rangers last summer, Gilmour’s performances in the academy set-up have been getting rave reviews.

He made a goalscoring debut for the Under-18s against Arsenal, and scored in each of his first three appearances.

And in Chelsea’s opening game of the UEFA Youth League yesterday, Gilmour scored a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Molde 10-1.

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Baring in mind Gilmour is a midfielder, these goal-scoring feats are extremely impressive.

Following these performances, the Scot is being tipped to be promoted to the first-team fairly soon.

As someone who has named Cesc Fabregas as a role model, he’s therefore at the perfect club to develop.

With the young core of players coming through now – think Ampadu, Mount, Gilmour, Hudson-Odoi and Timori – Chelsea fans have a right to be excited.

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