Next two games will be crucial for Billy Gilmour at Chelsea
Billy Gilmour is once again in the limelight after his second Man of the Match performance in Chelsea 4-0 win over Everton on Sunday.
The 18-year-old was given his full Premier League debut to fill in the defensive midfield role. Jorginho who has been the man to go for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard for this position is serving his two-game suspension in the league.
Gilmour will have a pretty good chance to start in the next two games against Aston Villa in the Premier League and Bayern Munich in the Champions League as Jorginho also has a one-game suspension in the European competition.
But what happens after that?
Gilmour has all that Lampard wants from a midfielder
Lampard has previously said Gilmour ticks all the boxes for a midfielder. After the Everton game, the manager once again hails his praises for the Scottish talent.
He told FourFourTwo: “He’s receiving the ball in difficult areas on the pitch where if you don’t move it quickly, firstly you don’t get the rhythm of our play, it breaks down for you; and secondly if you give it away in those areas it’s dangerous,”
“So you need confidence, you need balls to do that. And Jorginho has it, and Billy has it.”
Experimenting with Gilmour in a more advanced position
Interestingly, Lampard also made an experiment during the Everton game by deploying Gilmour in a more advance position in the second half.
Lampard said: “One of the most pleasing things for me with Billy today was that he showed those balls in the first half, but then when he stepped up into a higher midfielder role he instantly took it on board, arriving in their box, playing balls all around the pitch.
“So he showed that he can do both which again is a great thing for me when I’m thinking about how the midfield looks at times.”
Gilmour indeed had no problem playing further forward. He completed the game with 32 passes in the opposition half with 93% percent accuracy in total.
And it seems Lampard may have ideas of playing Gilmour alongside Jorginho in the future.
Fierce competition for midfield roles
If everyone is fully fit, Lampard would have a hard time picking out players for midfield roles — not that it’s bad for Chelsea.
Gilmour, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all competing for three spots in the team.
And for Gilmour, the next two games will be crucial opportunities to grab his place in the pecking order.