Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour has been named as the club’s Academy Player of the Season.
The Blues announced the news on their official Instagram page and have lauded the rising star in the replies. Gilmour scoops the award alongside fellow first team talent Fikayo Tomori, who has been given the Goal of the Season accolade for his long-range strike against Wolves.
Will Billy Gilmour become a Chelsea star?
Gilmour, 19, emerged on the scene as a senior player last season. He was handed his Premier League debut by Frank Lampard against Sheffield United, a game which finished 2-2. The Scotland youth international went on to make a further five appearances in England’s top flight before being sidelined with a knee injury in July (via Transfermarkt).
Gilmour is just one of Lampard’s ongoing youth projects as part of a system that has impressed so far. The Stamford Bridge icon has nurtured young talents Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham into regular first team players. Reece James is another name who has enjoyed senior action this year, with Gilmour the latest to be integrated into the starting XI.
The £4.8million-valued midfielder underwent surgery on his knee back in July and was quoted a three month recovery time (via Evening Standard). This should see him fit to join in with the action once the new campaign starts, but he will likely miss the opening match.
Chelsea will face Brighton away in their first game of 2020/21, followed by a clash on home soil where they will host reigning league champions Liverpool (via The Telegraph).
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