Chelsea teenager Billy Gilmour has opened up on the advice Frank Lampard gave to him before he was introduced in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Hull City.
Gilmour was introduced alongside the more experienced Willian with the score at 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium, after goals from Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori had put the Blues on course for the fifth round.
It was the 18-year-old’s fifth appearance for Chelsea’s first team in all competitions so far this season, having also featured twice in both the Premier League and Carabao Cup.
And the Scottish midfielder has revealed what Lampard told him before his introduction against Hull, with the game still in the balance at the time of his substitution, with the Blues given a scare after Kamil Grosicki’s goal for the Tigers, only for Chelsea to hold on to seal their place in the fifth round.
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“He just told me to go on, get my foot on the ball, play my passing and play my own game, and to go and enjoy it, as he always tells me,” he said, speaking to Chelsea TV.
“So I went out there and got on the ball and tried to calm things down and get it down on the deck, but it was a good game.”
Meanwhile, Gilmour has set his sights on more involvement with the first team in the coming weeks and months ahead.
“I’ve been training hard and working away and that was a good opportunity for me, and hopefully I have done well,” he said.
“I knew I was in the U23s at the start of the season, and I was hoping to be involved in a few first team games and I have been in training, and involved in a few games, so it has been really good.
“I just take what I can get. I’ve just come back from an illness and I’ve been getting my fitness back, but it’s good.”