Chelsea may have gotten off to an unconvincing start to Frank Lampard’s reign with a 1-1 draw against Irish side Bohemians yesterday, but there were some positives to take from the game.
Midfielder Billy Gilmour came on for the second half and looked sharp, making driving runs from midfield and having a couple of shots on goal.
Supporters on Twitter were impressed by the former Rangers youth product:
small but dangerous ! 👊🔵
— Flávio Xavier (@Fxds13) 10 July 2019
He looks incredibly nippy.
— Chris (@Chris82152601) 10 July 2019
Absolutely brilliant!! Looks like a young Silva or iniesta.
— Takudzwa Raisi (@Tkraisi) 10 July 2019
In fairness.. Wee Billy looks like he’s bulking up a bit. Would like to see him in a stronger team.
— Robert Inglis (@RInglis_47) 11 July 2019
For three 3yrs to come,the world ain’t ready…😀
— thomas fynn (@thomasfynn5) 10 July 2019
Most impressive youngster so far. Imo
— Lucas Nørholm (@LNorholm) 10 July 2019
Small body, Big engine 😁
— ClinicalPulisic⏺ (@pulisic_10) 10 July 2019
This is the first time I watched him, and It didn’t take long to make impression. This second half team looks sharp
— Shrawan Thapa (@iam_shrawan) 10 July 2019
I LOVE the way he plays, if he keeps this up he’ll be starting Cup games in not times (aka deserving a first team spell rather than being sent out on loan).
I’d say start that #BillyGilMORE hashtag!
— Evert (@Evartski) 10 July 2019
Gilmour is likely to be one of many youngsters that Lampard will give game time to over the course of pre-season.
With many of the senior players still on holiday, the match against Bohemians afforded many of the young guns opportunities to impress with Academy Player of the Year Conor Gallagher, Dujon Sterling and Marc Guehi all starting.
In the second half, Ian Maatsen, Trevoh Chalobah, Ike Ugbo, Jamie Cumming and Gilmour were given their chances to shine.
Even though the performance of the team wasn’t much to write home about, Lampard would have learned a lot from his first match in the dugout.