Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that there are no plans to send midfielder Billy Gilmour on a loan deal. The 19-year-old recently came back from a long-term injury which prevented him from building on last season’s cameo appearances. He was instrumental in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup.
The Scottish midfielder is one of the highly-rated in Chelsea’s academy and he was prized away from Rangers in 2017 – before his 16th birthday. He did not have to wait long to make his debut in the Premier League game against Sheffield United last season. Gilmour went on to feature in six league games last season and he was quite impressive each of those matches. However, a knee injury resulted in a premature end to his debut season. However, his presence in the starting line-up provided Chelsea with a lot of impetus against Luton.
This Chelsea team has been looking devoid of ideas in recent weeks, but Gilmour was able to provide a breath of fresh air with his impressive long-range passing abilities. The 19-year-old was able to help Chelsea overcome the strong pressing from Luton. Despite playing as a defensive midfielder, Gilmour kept the ball moving and injected a lot of creativity, which has been badly missing from the team of late.
After the game, Lampard was asked about the possibility of sending Gilmour out on loan to help him play more regularly and gain experience. After a stellar performance – albeit against a Championship team, Lampard is not ready to let the midfielder leave even if he is not going to be a part of the starting line-up. According to the Express, Lampard said:
“Playing like he [Gilmour] did today is making it very difficult [not to give him more minutes] because I thought he was outstanding.
“In the short term for me, looking at things today, he won’t be going out on loan.”
Tammy Abraham came up with a hat-trick, while academy products Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount were once again impressive. Timo Werner missed a penalty as his goal drought extended further.