Billy Gilmour will have no problem dealing with the increased level of expectations from Chelsea supporters following his outstanding performances in the past week, according to team-mate Mason Mount.
The 18-year-old won his second straight man of the match award in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Everton having also impressed in the FA Cup win against Chelsea six days ago and, inevitably, the hype around his development continues to grow rapidly.
But Mount, who knows all about dealing with such focus as a young player at Chelsea, believes that Gilmour’s calm nature and a tight-knit circle around him will keep him level-headed. Not to mention his own influence in the changing room.
“He is very grounded,” Mount said. “He has got a very, very good family around him and he is a very screwed on boy so that won’t get to him at all. I won’t let it get to him as well – I’ll keep him grounded. No, he’ll be fine.
“The young players coming through, they are going to have these challenges. It is obviously a big achievement to make it into the first team, to start a game at home at Stamford Bridge.
“The way my debut went here was very good. I scored but Billy has stepped up and done brilliantly. He’s come into the team, been dominant, been confident on the ball and that’s what you want.”
Mount, who scored his first goal since early December against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, is also not shocked by how seamlessly Gilmour has stepped into the side.
“That’s Billy, I’m not surprised,” he added. “I know what he is as a player, as a boy. I am very close to him so I know what character he has. I had no doubts about him coming in, stepping up and performing like the way he has in the last two games.
“I have massive confidence in him and he shows it when he comes up out onto the pitch.”
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