Billy Gilmour: Chelsea’s man of the match against Everton | Football News

Billy Gilmour was at the heart of everything for Chelsea in beating Everton

Billy Gilmour played a key role in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge, earning huge praise for his performance on his full Premier League debut.

Others scored the goals but it was the 18-year-old midfielder who earned the man-of-the-match award from Alan Smith, on co-commentary for Sky Sports. “He hasn’t tried to overcomplicate things,” said Smith. “But he has always been positive in his passing, always being progressive, and normally finding a team-mate which is a happy trait to have.”

2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Everton

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Everton

Gilmour had impressed in the FA Cup victory over Liverpool on Tuesday evening and injuries to N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic presented an opening for him to follow that up with another start against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

However, Frank Lampard was keen to stress beforehand that the chance coming Gilmour’s way was not entirely down to necessity. “He deserves to play,” Lampard told Sky Sports.

“We have got injuries and suspension in the same area but I don’t want that to be the reason Billy is playing. He’s playing because he has…