Chelsea 4-0 Everton: Frank Lampard says Billy Gilmour will be judged on a “different level”
Chelsea have been surrounded by many new questions this season, but in Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of Everton, the answers – once again – seem to have come from within.
The latest academy graduate to make his mark was Billy Gilmour, who backed up his impressive display in the FA Cup win over Liverpool with a first Premier League start that had Stamford Bridge purring.
The young Scot may only be 18, but his presence seemed to have a transformative effect on the rest of the side, who produced arguably their best performance of the season.
After a run of one win in six league games, which has allowed Manchester United to catch them in the race for a Champions League spot, it gave fans confidence they can end the season with the relative success of a top-four finish.
As they serenaded boss Frank Lampard with “Super Frank” songs throughout the match, it also underlined their faith in him as the right man for the future.
Lampard admitted afterwards it was their most complete home display of the season, calling it a “nice little template” even if he doesn’t think they are favourites to finish fourth.
Yet after a rocky period that saw top-scorer Tammy Abraham injured, Olivier Giroud almost leave the club in January, Kepa Arrizabalaga’s form take a nose-dive and Willian’s contract talks stall, he praised the way some of his players had responded to a challenging couple of months.
Gilmour completed a game-high 74 passes with an accuracy of 92.5% and covered 12.62km – 1.09km more than any of his team-mates
He said: “The whole attitude and focus of the team felt really strong after the Liverpool game.
“We have to replicate what we did today to some degree every week. We had a good early patch in the season, we’ve struggled for consistency in this period, which is understandable. But we have to work as we worked today to show we can finish with strength…