Glen Johnson has warned Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour “to keep his feet on the ground” after his impressive display against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
The 18-year-old was his side’s standout star in their 2-0 victory over the Reds in the FA Cup on Tuesday night, helping them secure a place in the last eight in the process.
Gilmour is believed to have only been promoted to Chelsea’s senior squad on a permanent basis three weeks ago, but didn’t look out of place against Jurgen Klopp’s side at Stamford Bridge.
But despite his impressive performance, Johnson has warned Gilmour that he will have tougher tests ahead.
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“He needs to keep his feet on the ground, which should be fine because he seems a genuine lad,” the former Blues man told talkSPORT.
“But he also needs to realise that he’s not going to play like that every game.
“Now everyone’s talking about him as the next big thing, but Liverpool didn’t know anything about him.
“Let’s say he plays the next five games, people are going to start understanding what he can do, and then they’re going to start eliminating that.
“You’ve got to find another way to still perform. Nobody has a career which just goes up.
“To come in and play one good game is easy, to carry on doing it is the tough bit.”
But despite the warning, Johnson does believe that the Scotland youth international has all the attributes needed to succeed at the top level.
“He was super good against Liverpool,” he added. “He’s got the ability, but he needs to be smart with it.
“You can’t think he’s played one game and now he’s made it, because he hasn’t, he hasn’t done anything.
“You just hope he carries on to progress and learn the game, and continues to work hard.”