Billy Gilmour is a developing star on the books at Chelsea that many people are excited to watch shine on the elite stage and it looks like his breakthrough may be destined for this season.
After impressing with the first-team in pre-season, the 18-year-old was given his senior debut against Sheffield United in the match before the international break.
The midfielder was given a late cameo in the Premier League contest at home to Sheffield United and unfortunately the Blues conceded an even later goal to end up drawing 2-2.
It seemed an odd decision from manager Frank Lampard to throw on an inexperienced midfielder when his team were trying to see a game out, but it showed faith and perhaps a glimpse into what supporters can expect to see more of.
Gilmour showed confidence on the ball during his brief stint on the pitch and it looks like he’s ready to step up.
Lampard was prepared to play the central midfielder in an important Premier League match and surely he will be given more opportunities to impress moving forward this campaign.
If he can earn minutes in the league, then he should certainly be eyeing chances in the number of cup competitions just around the corner too.
Gilmour will learn so much from rubbing shoulders alongside the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in training, so exposure to the senior group will be crucial.
But the Scottish midfielder will get even more out of competitive minutes at senior level and to make his debut in the opening month of the season is a big positive for him to take.
He’s a midfielder that has great special awareness and technical ability on the ball, while Lampard is keen to promote youth if they are good enough.
Gilmour should be eyeing domestic cup competitions for chances to impress and it’s unlikely the last time Chelsea fans get a glimpse of him in the first-team during 2019.