Frank Lampard praised Billy Gilmour’s ‘excellent’ return as the teenage Scot impressed in Chelsea’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Krasnodar.
Gilmour fought back from a four-month injury following knee surgery and looked confident and confident in the Blues’ midfield.
The 19-year-old had a great breakthrough last season, but now faces even more competition for opportunities at Stamford Bridge, given Chelsea’s £ 220 million recruiting rate over the summer.
Billy Gilmour impressed Chelsea on Tuesday-evening in their 1-1 draw against Krasnodar
Blues boss Frank Lampard called Gilmour’s showing ‘excellent’ after his time-out with an injury
Blues boss Lampard praised Gilmour’s performance in the dizzying Champions League encounter, however, tipping the ex-Rangers youth product for pushing hard for regular football now.
“I thought Billy was excellent on his return, I felt very comfortable when he came back, he trained so well, done his rehab and he deserved his chance tonight,” Lampard said.
“So I expect to see more of the same from Billy as he gets stronger now that he’s over his injury.”
Jorginho’s penalty saved Chelsea from the second heat of the draw, after Remy Cabella gave the visitors the lead.
Scottish midfielder Gilmour has been tipped by Lampard to push for a fixed base place
The Blues had already won Group E, making Tuesday’s West London affair somewhat of an afterthought, but not for those Chelsea stars vying to prove their pick points.
Tino Anjorin, a graduate of the academy, enjoyed a fruitful full-length debut, with the teen wing looking comfortable on the ball and working hard.
Lampard praised his work ethic and admitted that he would spend the next few weeks with the first team while Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi recover from hamstring problems.
“Tino showed a real ability to get straight into the level, in terms of his ability on the ball, which I think he showed today,” said Lampard.
Academy graduate Tino Anjorin made his full-length debut, showing a glimpse of his quality
His physical abilities to protect and run the ball shone through well. He’s a work in progress – especially after recent injuries – but he’s a player that the more he trains with us, the better he gets.
‘With the injuries we have, he will be spending more time with us in the short term. It was a good debut and he gradually grew in the game. ‘
Wingers Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi both suffer from hamstring problems, but Lampard hopes both men have avoided long-term injuries.
‘We think it will both take about two weeks. They both had scans yesterday, ”Lampard said. So it should be about two weeks.
Lampard is hopeful that star winger Hakim Ziyech avoided a long-term hamstring injury
‘At Hakim that is positive, at Callum we did not know what to expect. But overall, it’s good news for both. ‘
Krasnodar now falls into the Europa League, with boss Murad Musaev pleased with the result in London.
“I thought we played well and worked hard, so overall we’re happy with the draw,” said Musaev. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens with the draw before we can figure out what our goals are.”