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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has given several youngsters opportunities during pre-season and one the youngsters that have caught the attention of everyone is 18-year-old Billy Gilmour.
Here are 15 things you may not know about the youngster:
1. Gilmour joined the Chelsea Academy in the summer of 2017 from Glasgow Rangers, where he had been since the age of eight.
2. He scored his first goal for our youth team on debut in a September victory over Arsenal before establishing himself as a regular in the FA Youth Cup starting 11, featuring in every game and scoring at the Emirates in the final.
3. Lampard gave him his first taste of senior football in the Irish tour, with the youngster impressing against Bohemians and St Patrick’s.
4. Gilmour is no stranger to playing above his age group as he was only 15 when he was promoted to Rangers’ U20 side. Gilmour has also had lots of playing time with Chelsea’s U23 side.
5. Before he joined Chelsea’s Academy from Rangers back in 2016, Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona were all interested in signing the youngster to their academy.
6. Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is one of the players Gilmour admires and he has been analysing the Spaniard’s game in order to add to his own.
7. Gilmour won the ‘Breakthrough Player’ award at the 2018 Toulon Tournament.
8. According to 90min, Gilmour is similar to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta as he wants to dictate the tempo of a game but he is not satisfied with just passing the ball. He wants to be part of every phase of play, and he’s certainly good enough to do so.
9. Gilmour is blessed with incredible close control and comfortable taking the ball in tight areas, he has that classic playmaker ability to effortlessly receive the ball on the half-turn.
10. Gilmour is composed in possession and never looks hurried when he has the ball.
11. While Gilmour is capable of playing in the hole, he looks more comfortable operating from deep with licence to push into attacking areas.
12. He knows when to push forward and when to hold, when to use of his incisive dribbling to carry the ball and what tempo to play at.
13. Gilmour isn’t like most creative midfielders who hate the physical side of the game. He is capable of pressing to recover the ball or winning tackles in midfield.
14. According to 90min, his temper can get the best of him at times – he has picked up red cards playing for both Chelsea and Rangers’ youth sides in the past.
15. According to football.london, players to compare to Gilmour as reference points to what he could become, stylistically if nothing else, are the likes of Bernardo Silva and David Silva. They are of a similar stature to the Scot and have that ability to glide through midfielder, dictating play from all areas and controlling matches through their command of technique and space.