Gus Poyet warns Billy Gilmour about what happened to Josh McEachran

Former Chelsea player Gus Poyet has warned Billy Gilmour and reminded him of what happened to the Blues’ previous teenage sensation.

Gilmour made headlines for his impressive displays against Liverpool and Everton.  He emerged as Stamford Bridge’s new hero amid injuries and suspension in Chelsea’s midfield.

However, former Blue Poyet has urged the club to be cautious with the youngster after seeing a similar thing happen to another breakout star in the past.

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He told Goal: “I think that it was important for the club to see him before the end of the season.

“He showed how mature he is especially in possession. Again, it isn’t a matter of performing once or twice but every month, season through season.”

Poyet, who now manages the French side Bordeaux, said he enjoyed watching Gilmour play and believes the Scotland U-21 player could be an interesting player for the future.

But Poyet also pointed out what happened to former Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran, saying: “I was at Stamford Bridge a long time ago when a young Josh McEachran was making the team at 17.

“The whole stadium were talking about him after that game. People were saying he was the next [Fernando] Redondo or [Pep] Guardiola.

“Unfortunately it didn’t work out like that despite a great football career in the Championship. The idea to know is that it is difficult and [to know] how to progress in the next few months and years.”

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Similar to Gilmour, McEachran stole the show from a holding midfield position.

He made 17 appearances in a breakout season under Carlo Ancelotti. But, after Andre Villas-Boas took the helm, he was pushed out of the picture.

McEachran spent the remainder of his Chelsea career on loan spells to Swansea City, Middlesbrough, Watford, Wigan and Vitesse Arnhem before he was sold in the summer of 2015.


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