There was one player who really shone in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Russian outfit Krasnodar in the Uefa Champions League.
The game was a dead rubber, but for starlet Billy Gilmour it was his first in the competition and his first start in the first team since sustained knee surgery in June.
The Scotland U21 international returned to action for Chelsea’s senior side with a five-minute cameo vs Sevilla last week and then managed to play the full 90 on Tuesday evening.
Gilmour is a massive talent, and he was the one player who really provided a lot of energy and quality in midfield against Russian outfit last night.
Playing with the energy of a man who could patrol the planet if need be, the 19-year-old expertly kept things ticking over in midfield with more passes than Harry Redknapp on Mastermind.
Time and again, Krasnodar would attempt to close him down quickly and attempt to use their superior physique to intimidate the youngster. Each time, Billy Gilmour had already released the ball and proved he was two-steps ahead of his opponents.
And following his impressive performances against the Russian outfit, a rather staggering stat has come to light, with it revealed that Gilmour has now earned the Man of the Match award on his full Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League debuts:
The 19-year-old midfielder showed last season in his man of the match performances against Liverpool and Everton his qualities, which is why the injury was such a shame.
Following his solid display on Tuesday evening, Gilmour is expected to be part of mix alongside Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante, Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic in Chelsea midfield park, with five games in the space of 17 days before the end of December, he should be a valuable option for Frank Lampard to call upon.