Chelsea head coach has said that Blues’ youngster Billy Gilmour was the ‘best player on the pitch’ after coming on in the second half of the FA Cup fourth round victory over Hull City on Saturday evening.
The 18-year-old has broken into the first team squad this season under Lampard, making five appearances in all competitions.
He replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi to play the final 22 minutes of Chelsea’s 2-1 win over the Tigers as Lampard continues to show faith in the club’s youngters.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Lampard was impressed with the teenager’s impact on the game along with fellow academy graduate Tariq Lamptey.
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“I thought Billy Gilmour was the best player on the pitch for the period of time that he was on the pitch,” he said
“So I absolutely trust him. He came on, passed it, moved it, simple passes through the lines.
“Had little bits of contact and I trusted them to come on and do the job.”
Gilmour made his first-team debut when he came on for the final eight minutes of the Premier League draw against Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge back in August.
The Scotland U21 international has also played 10 Premier League 2 games this season, scoring one goal and providing three assists.