‘Personality… intelligence… and aggression!’: Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas hails youngster Billy Gilmour’s star turn against Liverpool… and the Scottish wonderkid grew up analysing Spaniard’s game
- Billy Gilmour was a shining light in Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Liverpool
- Gilmour, 18, bossed central midfield from a deep-lying playmaker role
- His performance was reminiscent of how his idol Cesc Fabregas used to play
- Gilmour has taken parts of Fabregas’s game into his own as he has developed
Billy Gilmour has received high praise following his impressive display against Liverpool on Tuesday – and now his idol Cesc Fabregas has spoken of the young Chelsea midfielder’s quality.
Gilmour starred in Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth round 2-0 win over Liverpool, earning plenty of plaudits from his manager Frank Lampard as well as Alan Shearer.
But it would have been Fabregas’s comments on social media that will have pleased the 18-year-old the most.
Billy Gilmour was the standout performer in Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Liverpool on Tuesday
Gilmour earned plenty of plaudits following his classy performance at Stamford Bridge
Asked on social media how Fabregas thought Gilmour did, the former Chelsea midfielder wrote: ‘Fantastic. Personality on the ball, intelligence in his decision making, always making angles to offer himself and has that bit of aggression in him which is very important specially in the Premier League.’
Lampard said after the game that Gilmour will get more chances to play for the first team with his previous experience limited to League Cup matches against Grimsby and Manchester United and an FA Cup fourth round tie away at Hull.
Fabregas, who similarly pulled the strings in midfield as Gilmour did at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, believes the young Scot has ‘real potential’.
Cesc Fabregas – Gilmour’s idol – was one of many who praised the Scot after his display
Gilmour has analysed Fabregas on the pitch to help his own development as a midfielder
GILMOUR’S NUMBERS V LIVERPOOL
Pass accuracy: 77 per cent
Tackles won: Five
Passes completed: 37
Chances created: One
Stats courtesy of Opta
He added: ‘When you have the quality but also the desire, the work ethic and the intelligence, then is when you can see real potential in a young player. He has all of that.’
Gilmour grew up watching Fabregas and a video on Chelsea’s YouTube channel from December 2017 shows the youngster analysing footage of the Spanish midfielder.
While watching a clip of Fabregas, Gilmour comments: ‘As a fellow midfielder, I look up to Cesc Fabregas in the Chelsea first team.
‘What I’m doing here is analysing his game and putting stuff from his game into my game so I can make myself as an overall midfielder much better.’
Gilmour (right) celebrates with Ross Barkley, who sealed Chelsea’s victory over Liverpool
When asked about Gilmour’s performance, Lampard said: ‘Well, I mean, what an incredible performance for a young player against the best team. When things are happening quickly around you and he was a calm head in that first five, 10 minutes.
‘Straight away, you could see he had quality on the ball and wants to get the ball.
‘He’s a throwback to the days of midfielders when I grew up. And people will say can you put your foot in? Yes. Can you make angles to always get the ball? Yes. Can you play the right pass and pick the simple one at the right time? Yes. And he’s got all that.
‘People might look at him and see that he’s quite slight in his way but he’s huge in personality. Huge. So I’m absolutely delighted for him. He deserves everything. He deserves man of the match, he deserves people talking about him. I’m delighted for him and his family because it’s a big day for them.’
Frank Lampard said after the game Gilmour could get feature more in the first team
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