Lots of Chelsea fans weren’t too happy when they found out that Billy Gilmour wasn’t starting tonight.
The supremely talented young Scot has been a shining light in the youth teams, and stepped up to play in two Carabao Cup ties earlier in the season, as well as making his Premier League debut as a sub.
Frank Lampard decided he wasn’t ready to start this one though, and that was probably sensible given how much of a tough test it ended up being. He came on after 65 minutes however, and made a really good impact in his 25 minutes on the pitch.
Fans on social media were absolutely loving his impact, with one (admittedly overexcited) user saying that Gilmour was “Initesta’ legacy”. That’s going a little too far, but he was very tidy in the middle, and he even pulled off some lovely skills in the final stages, showboating with two opposition players around him.
You can see some of the reaction in the Tweets embedded below:
Gilmour is such an exciting player
— BIG POT COOKOUT|| APRIL 10TH (@VaskiiDeGreat) January 25, 2020
Please don’t start Marcos Alonso ever again and start giving Billy Gilmour more minutes.
— Quad (@Bericx_) January 25, 2020
@kaineneomeli is it me or does Gilmour appear to be better than Jorginho?
— KINGEDI (@Phranklien20) January 25, 2020
naw man gilmour is too good to play dm. we need him pullin passes further forward. hes like modric
— Chris & Neef Fan (@jeremiequai) January 25, 2020
MOTM Billy Gilmour
— Majik (@NaKefli) January 25, 2020
Billy Gilmour! You beauty⛹️♀️❤️
— Rola🤱🏽 (@Kofoworola__a) January 25, 2020
I really really like Gilmour
— d (@doleshka) January 25, 2020
If gilmour continues to develop we might be sorted for the next decade
— El Cholo (@rogersbegsen1) January 25, 2020
our fans want aouar when we have gilmour at home
— 🎈 (@akabstract) January 25, 2020
This Gilmour kid looks a far better player than Jorginho. Lampard should use him more.
— KB (@FootyKB)…