‘When I look back’: Jody Morris admits Chelsea youngster should’ve played more when he was at the club

Jody Morris has admitted that Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour should’ve played more back when he was working at Stamford Bridge underneath Frank Lampard. 

Gilmour, 20, is an exceptional young talent who joined the Blues back in 2017 after leaving Rangers. 

The Scotland international is currently out on a season-long loan with Premier League rivals Norwich City, albeit he’s struggling for minutes right now. 

He made his first-team debut for Chelsea when Lampard was the manager, with Morris working at the Bridge as assistant boss at the time. 

The deep-lying midfield playmaker has made 22 senior appearances for Chelsea to date, with 17 coming during Lampard’s era. However, current manager Thomas Tuchel opted to send him out on loan in the summer. 

Ex-Chelsea assistant Morris is a massive fan of Gilmour and confesses he could’ve been used more in the previous two seasons because he’s good enough.

“When I look back, if anything, when Frank and I were in charge he should’ve played more,” Morris told The Times.

“We’d walk off the training pitch and Frank would say: ‘Billy, best player again’. Whether it was technical, tactical, going in against experienced lads, Frank got more and more impressed. When we started giving him minutes, we could see it was where he belonged.”

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Can Chelsea recall Gilmour? 

Yes, Chelsea do have the option to recall Gilmour from his loan at Norwich in the New Year. 

The central midfielder’s continued absence from the Norwich team is baffling for Blues supporters to try understand, as they’ve seen first-hand how much quality he’s got for someone his age.

However, Norwich have just sacked their manager Daniel Farke.

It’s going to be interesting to see who the next manager at Carrow Road is and how they plan on using Gilmour. Chelsea should be watching very closely his situation in the next two months, though.

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Midfield overload

Tuchel’s options in the centre of the park right now are of the highest quality, which is before you even factor in loan players such as Gilmour and Conor Gallagher.

There is so much midfield talent in the Chelsea ranks if you look at the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Saul Niguez. 

Any midfielder out on loan from Chelsea needs to reach incredible standards to make a breakthrough next year.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.