Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hailed Billy Gilmour’s role in the Blues’ 2-0 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round.
Goals from Willian and Ross Barkley sealed Chelsea’s place in the quarter-finals, but it was 18-year-old Gilmour who was named man-of-the-match for his display against Jurgen Klopp’s side, after producing a performance of skill and composure on the ball which belied his teenage years.
Speaking before the game, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had said it was a “comfortable choice” to name the youngster in his team.
But he was proved right as Gilmour outshone his more senior midfield teammates and helped Chelsea pick up the deserved win over the Premier League leaders.
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After the match, Fabregas, who now plays for Monaco, took to social media to praise the former Rangers youth player.
On Twitter, a supporter asked the Spaniard for his thoughts on Gilmour’s performance, to which Fabregas replied: “Fantastic. Personality on the ball, intelligence in his desicion making, always making angles to offer himself and has that bit of aggression in him which is very important specially in the Premier League.”
Fabregas also hailed the personal qualities that Gilmour showed against Liverpool, tweeting: “When you have the quality but also the desire, the work ethic and the intelligence, then is when you can see real potential in a young player. He has all of that.”
Speaking after the game, Blues head coach Lampard was also quick to praise the young midfielder.
“What an incredible performance for a young player,” Lampard said.
“He was a calm head in that first five or 10 minutes. He’s a throwback of a midfielder.
“Can you put your foot in? Yes. Can you make angles to play the passes? Yes.
“He’s only slight in stature but he’s huge in personality. He deserves people to…