Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour did not feature for the Under 21s in their 1-0 win against Plymouth Argyle last night, and many are anticipating that the 18-year-old will be named in the matchday squad for tonight’s Carabao Cup clash against Manchester United.
The Scottish Under 21 international was one of the standout performers in the 7-1 win over Grimsby in the last round of the competition, and some fans on Twitter think the teenager should be given his chance at Stamford Bridge this evening:
It's a no brainer for me
— Chelsea maniac💙💙 (@stanleywanjala6) October 29, 2019
I will play him ahead of Barkley.
— Adaga Patrickson (@st_adaga) October 29, 2019
— Emmaeboueeghan (@moha8563) October 30, 2019
Should be one of the first names on the teamsheet tomorrow 💙
— Youngbloodz (@narz1998) October 29, 2019
I’d start him
— Oliver_James04 (@Oliver56839268) October 29, 2019
Yes definitely ,the next fabregas
— Thulani kylla vybz (@NeshambaThulani) October 30, 2019
I would consider it
— Adam_CFC (@_Adam_CFC_) October 29, 2019
Man U ain’t a team now and Billy must teach them lessons
— Williams Brown Whiting (@WhitingBrown) October 30, 2019
Sure, he would easily boss the midfield.
— #Lamp§uperBlues 💙 (@cfcnils) October 29, 2019
Gilmour does have an excellent chance of starting. Ross Barkley is struggling to overcome an ankle problem, while N’Golo Kante is also missing due to a groin injury. Manager Frank Lampard will be hesitant to start both Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic once again so there is room for another midfielder.
The Blues boss is not afraid of putting youngsters in, as we have already seen this season, and Gilmour is certainly a primary candidate to make his third senior appearance tonight.