Chelsea thrashed Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup last night, and while the plaudits may fall to the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley, it was one player in particular who caught the attention with a dazzlingly understated performance at Stamford Bridge.
Two goals inside the first seven minutes, firstly from Ross Barkley and then Michy Batshuayi, hastily set the tone for the evening.
Matt Green’s stunning leveller on 23 minutes provided the travelling Grimsby fans with some optimism, though after Pedro converted a penalty for Chelsea just before the break, it was clear which way the game was heading.
Four goals in the second half for the Blues, without reply from the Mariners, ensured an easy 7-1 victory for the hosts, with 18-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour showcasing his talents in the centre of the park throughout.
Gilmour, who was making his first senior start for the west Londoners last night, put in a classy performance; rated 7.11/10 by WhoScored. The Scot had 102 touches of the ball at Stamford Bridge – second only to centre-back Kurt Zouma who registered 138 in total – and made four key passes; only Reece James made more with five (via WhoScored).
The teenager registered a successful pass completion rate of 92.7% – higher than anyone else on the pitch – and also executed ten successful long balls (WhoScored).
Former Chelsea midfielder and Premier League legend Cesc Fabregas tweeted after the game that Gilmour “played amazing”, huge praise from a man who the Scotland U21 international has previously said is his ‘favourite’ footballer, (per the Mail).
Indeed, Gilmour faces huge competition for a spot in Frank Lampard’s starting-eleven, with Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante all above him in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
However, should he continue to impress when gifted an opportunity to prove his worth in competitions like the EFL Cup, there is every chance he could start to break into the first-team fold at Chelsea, sooner rather than later.
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