Billy Gilmour was a breath of fresh air for Chelsea in their pre-season game with Bohemians on Wednesday and he should leave manager Frank Lampard contemplating hard about his future.
The Blues drew 1-1 with the Irish side during Lampard’s first match in charge since becoming head coach and he named two completely different teams for each half.
Chelsea’s second-half team was filled with a string of last season’s loanees and also youngsters, who get the opportunity to continue building up their fitness.
Gilmour was arguably the standout for Chelsea in the second period and did his reputation no harm.
The 18-year-old is yet to be drafted into the first-team for a competitive game, but has a big reputation at youth level and shined for the Under-23s side last season.
He’s a central midfielder that is small in stature, but extremely comfortable on the ball and showed some excellent touches against Bohemians.
The Scottish teenager made some bright dribbles forward in possession and perhaps he’s the next star to come out of the academy.
Chelsea can’t get too carried away by just 45 minutes in pre-season, but he should get another chance to try catch the eye on Saturday in the friendly against St Patrick’s.
Lampard’s squad fly out to Japan for a couple more friendlies and Gilmour’s aim should be to remain with the group for that.
The fearless youngster definitely has bags of ability and is looking to prove he can mix it with the senior group.
It’s perhaps a stretch too far to suggest he could compete for a midfield role in the senior team next season, as the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley stand his way.
But someone so talented has to appear on Lampard’s radar and perhaps a first loan spell away from Stamford Bridge could be positive.