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There’s a sense of confidence and swagger in the play of Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour, and it’s evidence on the pitch that the 18-year-old is no youngster.
Despite being a teenager and with only a handful of appearances, Gilmour isn’t shy of facing the big guns and we have seen it with his performances against Liverpool and Everton.
The young midfielder has hailed his ability and also credited his coaches who have been with him since he was in the youth team and also the quality of his teammates for his recent form.
“I trust my own ability, and play with great players around me,” said Gilmour.
“They help me a lot with their movement so I can play them the ball. You need to keep it moving, keep it simple. Then when you start to settle into the game you can start hitting the longer passes and play more forward passes.
“It’s down to the gaffer as well for trusting me to play in these big games. Jody, Joe and the gaffer have been brilliant with me. I have had them [Morris and Edwards] through the youth and then to come to the first team with them has been really good for me. It’s really good for them to show trust.
“You can see that the manager will give the young players an opportunity and it’s up to us to take it when we get the chance. It’s exciting to be at Chelsea and I just want to take my opportunity when it comes.”