Billy Gilmour delivered some eye-catching performances for Chelsea during the pre-season trip to Ireland and gave a glimpse into what a big future he could have.
The 18-year-old slotted in comfortably with the senior squad and showed the kind of maturity that suggests he’s ready to make a step up from the academy soon.
He is a central midfielder that has a small frame, but takes control of the ball extremely well with technical ability and also great reading of the game.
The Scottish teenager wasn’t involved with the travelling group to Japan after Ireland and the first-team group now face Reading on Sunday back in England.
Gilmour played for the Blues Under-23s side on Saturday in a 2-2 draw against Sutton United and it seems like he’s firmly back in the Development Squad, barring a late surprise call-up against Reading.
He played 90 minutes against Sutton, but it’s time for senior head coach Fran Lampard to intervene over his future.
Chelsea have seen first hand how effective the loan system can be and shouldn’t leave it any longer with wonderkid Gilmour.
The central midfield should be made available in the remainder of the summer window and surely he can attract a wave of interested clubs.
There is so much potential to be unlocked, but the quickest way to do that is by playing senior football and perhaps dropping down to the Championship is the best idea.
Mason Mount is a perfect example for Gilmour to try emulate, as he looks set for his first-team opportunity at Stamford Bridge after successfully using the loan system.