Should Gilmour start against Everton? This is what Lampard has to say

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After a five star performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, many have been left asking whether Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour will be given a starting berth in this weekend’s massive clash against a resurgent and difficult Everton side.

Chelsea midfield trio of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante will be unavailable to face Everton due to suspension and injuries, and it could be a good opportunity for Gilmour to play.

Asked about Gilmour’s chances of starting at home to Everton, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said: “We’ll see. He’s definitely given himself a good chance no matter what regardless of the selection of others. The way he played gives him a chance anyway.

“We’ve got injury problems but sometimes you can cry about them a lot and I probably do sometimes. But we have injuries at the start of the season and we have them now in this period.

“When you’re talking about N’Golo Kante you’re talking about the best midfielder in the world, there or thereabouts.

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek hasn’t kicked a ball. He played last night [for U23s against Everton] and felt okay but he knows he isn’t match fit so we’ll have to work around it.

“But when you see the performances of Ross Barkley or Mason Mount, we have enough options.

“What’s more important is not what eleven I put out against Everton, it’s that they bottle that spirit and show the same work ethic to try and get the right result.”

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