Chelsea’s young midfielder Billy Gilmour has been awarded the club’s academy Player of the Season award after a brilliant season which led to his first-team breakthrough.
The 19-year-old deserves all the headlines he has got for such an outstanding performance this season.
Gilmour picked up the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for August 2019 and his displays for the development squad impressed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
In the same month, the teenager made his senior debut in a Premier League match against Sheffield United.
It has been a meteoric rise for Gilmour, who joined the Blues from Rangers in 2017 and was later permanently transferred to the first-team.
At academy level, Gilmour made a total of 15 appearances this season, including 11 appearances in PL2 where he bagged two goals and four assists, helping Chelsea’s development squad win the competition on a points-per-game basis.
He also captained the development squad on multiple occasions and made the six-man shortlist for the PL2 Player of the Season award.
At senior level, Gilmour made 11 appearances under Lampard, including back-to-back man of the match performances against Liverpool and Everton in March.
He would have got more minutes if it was not for an unfortunate knee injury.
After undergoing surgery, Gilmour is expected to be out for a few months.
The Blues have also awarded the goal of the season award to Fikayo Tomori for his thunderous strike against Wolves last September.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 25, 2020