Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour compared to academy flop Josh McEachran

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Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour is getting all the hype and attention after a stunning performance against Liverpool and Everton, winning the man of the match award in those games.

Gilmour is being touted as the next big thing in the Chelsea team, and has been likened to Barcelona legends like Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

Meanwhile, former Blues midfielder Gus Poyet has warned about the hype surrounding Gilmour and has warned everyone of a certain Josh McEachran who won the hearts of Chelsea fans as a 17-year-old wonderkid but somehow failed to live up to the expectations placed on him.

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

“We should be happy to see him and hope he keeps developing his game slowly to become a better player because it is early doors. I really enjoyed watching him and he could be an interesting player for the future. I prefer to make sure people take time with him and not go the other way.

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“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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