Ashley Cole admits Billy Gilmour is too intelligent for his age

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Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour arrived the club as a wonderkid from Rangers, aged 16 years.

The 19-year-old starred for the Chelsea academy, and found way into the first team under Frank Lampard, and he impressed massively, winning the man of the match award in games against Liverpool and Everton.

Chelsea legend Ashley Cole, who’s currently working in the club’s academy, has hailed Gilmour’s abilities and admits that the teenager is too intelligent for his age.

“For me, hopefully, Billy Gilmour will have a season to be remembered. Obviously he started well, then he got that injury so he’s had a little setback but hopefully next season he’ll come back stronger,” the former Chelsea defender told 90min.

“He’s one I definitely want to keep my eye on. I think for a young boy – 19 years of age – his football intelligence is very good, his game awareness, and his game understanding.

“It’s putting him in good stead and ready for first-team football, which for me as a young coach, is what we’re trying to give the young kids an idea of – that in two years, you could be in the first-team, you’ve got people like Billy and Mason.”

Gilmour’s season was cut short after he suffered a knee injury back in July. He was then ruled out for about three months following surgery on his knee.

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