Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole
reckons teenager Billy Gilmour has the potential to develop into one of
the top players in England.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a whirlwind few weeks, making a name for himself in the FA Cup this year.
Gilmour signed his first professional contract in July 2018, and he was forced to wait 12 months for his debut.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard clearly liked what he saw in training and
he handed him his Premier League debut against Sheffield United in
Gilmour made a big impression earlier this month as he helped Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-0 in the FA Cup.
Goals from Willian and Ross Barkley were enough to grab all three
points, but Gilmour bossed the middle of the park on that occasion.
He also started Chelsea's last match against Everton as he helped
them record a 4-0 win against Everton, playing the full 90 minutes at
Cole himself enjoyed seven successful seasons at Stamford Bridge, and
he believes Gilmour has what it takes to follow suit and become one of
the best in a Three Lions shirt.
He told the Daily Star: "Billy is terrific, a real talent. A cultured
footballer. He can be what he wants. I like him in that midfield role.
"But I think he might eventually develop and play further up the
pitch, like a 10. All Billy needs to do is keep his feet on the ground.
"He's another massive asset for Chelsea. It will all come down to how
he performs. Once you've got that shirt, it's up to you to deal with
"To be where he is and playing how he is is a massive achievement for him and his parents. He's a well-grounded young man."
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