It has been revealed today via the official Chelsea website that academy starlet Billy Gilmour is now officially a first team squad member.
The 18-year old midfielder has officially moved into the first team building and will form part of the senior squad going forward.
This is a great reward for the youngsters progress this season, having been in and around the first team on and off for the majority of the season. But it appears we will be seeing a lot more of his talents from now on.
The young Scot will now be hoping to get some game time on the pitch and will rival those ahead of him. If I was any of those players, I’d be closely checking my shoulders because Gilmour is the real deal.
He is naturally over the moon about this move and has revealed that he was personally told about it by Frank Lampard before the winter break last week.
He spoke of his delight on the Blues website, he said:
“It’s a massive moment for me and I’m really happy.
“I went with the squad to Leicester and even though I wasn’t involved, the gaffer pulled me afterwards to tell me that after the winter break I’d be with the first-team permanently.
“It’s a dream come true for me. It’s the first big step I think, moving into the first team dressing room at a club like Chelsea. It’s massive for me.
“Knowing that the manager has such faith in you is massive, it gives me so much confidence when I step onto the field. It’s really good knowing that he trusts in you and likes the way you play, and I think that’s the same for everyone here.
“Age isn’t really an issue here. The gaffer has shown that if you work hard and perform well, then you will get opportunities. Hopefully I can keep pushing on and work hard every day in training.”