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Six academy products featured for Chelsea in the League Cup third round clash against Grimsby Town on Wednesday night as the Blues swept aside their League Two opposition with ease at Stamford Bridge, winning the game 7-1.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard fielded a very young squad, and they did justice on the pitch by showing their superiority over Grimsby.
However, it was Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour who shined in midfield, sitting deep alongside Ross Barkley and dictating play for the Blues.
Gilmour had featured for the senior team for the first time in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United, but he made his full Chelsea debut in the 7-1 thrashing of Grimsby.
Gilmour’s passing stats against Grimsby were very impressive as he sprayed passes all over the pitch from a central midfield position.
The 18-year-old was the second best player on the pitch for successful passes (89), pass completion rate (93 per cent), and key passes (four).
Gilmour has now revealed that it was Barkley who ensured he had a good game as the more experienced midfielder kept advising him constantly on the pitch.
“My game is about getting on the ball and starting play and that is why I started tonight,” Gilmour told Standard Sport after the final whistle.
“I have been training well and doing well in games and the gaffer has told me just to play how I play and he believes in me.
“Ross [Barkley] was really good with me, communicating with me and saying, ‘Look, you don’t need to run all the time, sometimes just stay.’
“I did that and that is how I got most of the ball.
“Obviously it is good for them to tell me so I can improve, they have been really good with me.”