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Lampard: Gilmour deserved to play a bit earlier

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has admitted that he could have played Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour earlier than he did, considering ...


Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has admitted that he could have played Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour earlier than he did, considering the way he trained.

Gilmour burst onto the scene few games before the break, earning two conservative Man of The Match awards, and Lampard told Sky Sports he could have started playing him much earlier.

“When you look at Billy he is slight, he is young, quiet and polite,” he said.

“But we had to move him into the first team building a while ago because he trained at such a good level.

“If we have a possession drill in training, a game or even a passing drill, people talk about doing the basics as a young player and Billy does that.

“In the modern game it gets lost a little bit, can you do the basics right? Billy does them day in and day out.

“People probably think I threw him in against Liverpool but he probably deserved to play a bit earlier by how he was training.

“It was probably me being a bit conservative with him.

“But the minute he got in he replicated the passing drills and what he did in training against Liverpool - the best team in the country.

“It was a real pleasure to see someone coming in and doing the midfield basics.

“I don’t want to make it sound like he isn’t a talented player because he is, but sometimes the simple things are harder to do.

“He has set a benchmark and after this break, he has to go on and have the career he has shown he could have.

“I think he will because his attitude, his family and surroundings are good as well as having the talent.”

Lampard also said he sees similarities between Billy Gilmour and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

“Paul Scholes was one of the best midfielders I played against in the Premier League,” he continues.

“It was interesting playing against him in the early parts of his career. He would play it around the corner and then arrive in the box and have the ability to score goals and make assists.

“The cut throat area of the pitch is at the top end and in midfield, it can be easier as you have more time, but if you are a player who isn’t top quality more time can be a problem for you.

“Scholesy would pick the right pass and had incredible range and if you got too close he would play it around you.”


Written by Vince @blue_footy
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