Frank Lampard called him incredible. Alan Shearer said he “bossed it” and Jermaine Jenas named him man of the match – safe to say Scottish teenager Billy Gilmour made an impression in Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Liverpool.
The 18-year-old attracted praise from players, pundits, journalists and fans as he helped Chelsea to a 2-0 win against Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round.
Having played a total of just 281 minutes before Tuesday, has he staked a claim for a regular starting berth and a Scotland call-up?
“It was a good match, so it was,” Gilmour told BBC Sport. “I’ve been training very hard to get this chance and today I stepped up and took my opportunity – it was a great game and a great victory.”
Great team performance and proud to receive the man of the match award tonight. On to the quarters
What his manager & team-mates said
Gilmour, a former Rangers youth player, was only promoted to the Chelsea first-team squad three weeks ago, having played six times for the club so far.
Pre-match, Chelsea boss Lampard said it was a “comfortable choice” to select him for such a big game, and he was proved correct as the diminutive, boyish-looking Scot stood out among men.
“What an incredible performance for a young player,” Lampard said afterwards. “He was a calm head in that first five or 10 minutes. He’s a throwback of a midfielder.
“Can you put your foot in? Yes. Can you make angles to play the passes? Yes. He’s only slight in stature but he’s huge in personality. He deserves people to talk about him after a performance like that.”
Midfielder Ross Barkley, who scored the second goal of the night at Stamford Bridge, echoed his manager’s praise for his young team-mate.
“Billy was brilliant,” the England international said. “But it was not a surprise to me. I’ve seen him in training and he was like that in training last season.”
What the pundits said
Former Newcastle and England striker Alan Shearer on BBC One
He has bossed it. He’s done whatever he’s been asked to do, whether that’s collecting the ball and passing it forward, protecting that back four, spraying the ball around, he’s been absolutely magnificent.
He passed it forward – that was his first thought. Jorginho is now suspended for the next couple of games, so he’s put in a performance that’s said to the manager ‘you have to keep me in this team’.
Everything he has done has been spot on. He is so confident, to have that belief in his ability.