Chelsea dropped points once again as they drew a home game vs Sheffield United and this time youngster Billy Gilmour seems to be the biggest talking point.
18-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour has come up through the ranks at Rangers FC and he moved to Chelsea in 2017.
Last season the youngster played 32 games for the Blues youth side and the midfielder managed to score 9 goals and make 6 assists. But Frank Lampard has faced a lot of criticism for bringing him on for Tammy Abraham during the final few minutes of the game vs Sheffield United.
The manager though has come out to defend his decision saying that he has full faith in Billy Gilmour and his talent.
“It wasn’t a bold substitution because it was one for one in the same position,” he said(as reported by Sky Sports).
“Kovacic was on his haunches and was tired and Billy Gilmour is a midfield player. And Michy [Batshuayi] was to try and bring some energy for Tammy Abraham who was our best player. People can say what they want but I wasn’t trying to be clever at 2-1, I was trying to see the game out.
“I’ve got faith in Billy – he’s going to have a big future. But we’ve got an injury to N’Golo Kante in midfield who is a fantastic player for us, so Billy is on the bench. We have a ban, so the squad is what the squad is.”
Yes, it was a really bold move from the manager in bringing on Billy Gilmour especially for Tammy Abraham who was one of the best players for Chelsea on the night.
But then what do you expect from a club which has not been able to sign any new players during the summer transfer window.
From day one everyone knew what the problem was and Frank Lampard made it clear pretty early on that he will be giving youth a chance this season.
And it is wise enough to test his bench strength this early on during the season instead of fielding inexperienced youngsters during the final stages of the campaign.
Also, Billy Gilmour received positive reviews last season while playing for the youth side so using him looked to be a pretty safe option – atleast on paper.