Billy Gilmour may have stolen the show when nutmegging Fabinho late in Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Liverpool on Tuesday evening but the young Scottish midfielder has revealed that he was not totally satisfied because the pass that followed to Olivier Giroud was slightly off target.
The 18-year-old was named man of the match in the 2-0 win that booked the Blues’ place in the quarter-finals and looks set to make his first Premier League start against Everton on Sunday with Jorginho suspended and Mateo Kovacic likely joining N’Golo Kante on the injury list.
While Gilmour said there were few nerves when he learnt that he would be starting, the assuredness he displayed on national TV caught many external observers by surprise with the impudent drag and flick past Fabinho a highlight.
He then found Giroud with a through ball but the France striker, who also impressed, failed to find the target from a tight angle.
“It was good but it is football,” he said. “I have to go past players, any player. It was good but my pass wasn’t the best for Oli.”
Gilmour did not find out that he would be in Frank Lampard’s XI until earlier on Tuesday but there had been hints as he had been working on shape in training.
Having made two Carabao Cup starts while also appearing off the bench twice in the Premier League and in the previous round against Hull, he insisted that there were no nerves when he found out he would be starting instead of Jorginho at the base of the midfield.
“No, I think there were more good nerves,” he said. “I have had a bit of a taste of it now so I wasn’t really nervous.
“I was more looking forward to it to go and show what I can do. Tonight was a really good game. We won, stuck together and played really well.
“We did a bit of shape in training in the last few days but even at that I wasn’t too sure. I got told the today before the game.”