Pat Nevin has said that there were fears Billy Gilmour would get “lost” amongst the talent at Chelsea and in the Premier League as a whole.
Nevin has been talking about the teenager, and alluded to fears that he would be lost amongst the huge depth of quality both at Cobham and in the English top tier. He said in his column for Chelsea’s official website:
“Now those who follow Chelsea closely will know that the young Scotsman is very highly regarded at the club but those outside of Cobham and the 5th Stand bubble might be less educated. He will be and is already a very, very exciting talent; Chelsea fans will definitely see more of him in the coming years.
“Up in Scotland however his ability is not unknown. In fact there was much despair at Rangers and in Scotland generally when he was brought to Chelsea. There was a fear he could get lost in the huge churn of talent that is here and indeed the Premier League overall.”
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There was once a time when young stars would barely get a sniff of first-team action in south-west London. It is hard to remember all the promising starlets who fell by the wayside after struggling find opportunities.
However, times are changing. Frank Lampard’s return has given fresh hope to the club’s academy players, and several have already appeared. Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have started matches, whilst Gilmour himself has even received playing time, albeit from the bench.
He did not have the best time during the few minutes he spent on the pitch against Sheffield United, picking up a Whoscored rating of 5.98. But a player can’t be judged based on barely 10 minutes. The main thing to take from his introduction is the fact he made it onto the pitch at all.
Under Lampard, if you are good enough, you are old enough it seems. There is a chance that he will get more chances this term, as his manager clearly sees something in him.
But it is therefore essential Gilmour takes his chances when they are offered to him. If he does, we may be seeing a lot more of him in the future, and there will be no worries about him being forgotten amid the glitz and glamour of the Premier League.