Frank Lampard said Billy Gilmour is in contention for a regular spot at Chelsea as he praised the teenager’s brilliant performances since his senior breakthrough.
After missing out on the first few months of the 2020/21 season due to a knee injury, things have looked really well for the 19-year-old.
The 4-0 win over Morecambe on Sunday was his second start of the season (five appearances overall in all competitions), but he might be close to a more regular spot.
As Lampard pointed out, Gilmour has put himself into the starting midfield discussion with his performances.
“Billy is pushing [for a regular spot],” Lampard told reporters in his post-match press conference (via Hayters TV).
“And I think Billy has been pushing since he made his breakthrough last season against top-level oppositions in Liverpool.”
Lampard highlighted how Gilmour won the man-of-the-match award in that game, then reproduced another brilliant performance against Everton in his next game.
“Then obviously, his injury came soon after that,” he added.
“But from those moments, and before that, I know Billy would be a very, very good player for this club, to say the least, even at a young age.
“So, yeah. He’s pushing, he came in, his attitude is good, he moves the ball well, and he [also] did it when he came on against Man City last week.”
With N’Golo Kante suspended, the trip to Fulham next Friday could be another opportunity to impress for the Scotland U-21 star.
Obviously, Jorginho would also be pushing for a place in the line-up, but unlike Gilmour, the Italy international has not really been convincing when playing behind two mobile No.8s this season.
Lampard might be able to keep the more senior happy if he decided to play Jorginho, but considering his form, another start for Gilmour who could be a long-term replacement for Kante would arguably be a more sensible option.