Frank Lampard has said Chelsea are keeping their options open with regards to Billy Gilmour’s short-term future at the club despite impressing in the FA Cup victory over Luton Town on Sunday lunchtime.
The young Scottish international patrolled the Blues midfield with consummate ease as the Blues won 3-1 over the Championship side, Tammy Abraham netting a fine hat trick and becoming the first Englsihman to net an FA Cup hat trick for Chelsea since Lampard himself in 2007.
Gilmour has yet to start a game in the Premier League since suffering a serious knee injury against Crystal Palace after lockdown in 2020 but there have been plenty of calls for the midfielder to be handed more regular minutes.
But Lampard seemingly has different ideas for the midfielder and while, at the moment, has ruled out sending him away on loan for the remainder of the season, admitted that it could be a possibility the longer the January window rumbles on.
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It has been a quiet window so far for the vast majority of clubs who have seen their finances hit with the coronavirus pandemic and football being played behind closed doors. Cheklsea have offloaded Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan on loan already while Lucas Piazon has also left the club on a permanent deal to Rio Ave in Portugal.
Lampard was asked about Gilmour’s display after the victory over the Hatters and said: “Playing like he did today is making it very difficult [not to give him more minutes] because I thought he was outstanding.
“His comfort on the ball, the way he moved it, his discipline, his personality was great. If he plays like he does today, it makes it very difficult for me not to give him a run.
“He trains that way too.
“With his youth and the injury he had, and with the difficult run we’ve been on in the last month,…