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Gilmour has all the attributes required to be a star, beams boss Lampard

Chelsea 4 Everton 0


In control: Billy Gilmour edges away from Everton’s Andre Gomes

In control: Billy Gilmour edges away from Everton’s Andre Gomes

In control: Billy Gilmour edges away from Everton’s Andre Gomes

Frank Lampard believes teen star Billy Gilmour already has what it takes to thrive in Chelsea's challenging quarterback role.

Scottish youngster Gilmour doubled down on his stunning showing in Tuesday's 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool by bossing yesterday's 4-0 Premier League thumping of Everton.

The 18-year-old excelled on his full top-flight debut in the complex creative role at the base of a Chelsea midfield missing the injured N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic as well as the suspended Jorginho.

Blues boss Lampard also admitted Gilmour has the all-court game to excel anywhere across Chelsea's midfield, boosting his chances of regular appearances even when the absentees return.

"He's receiving the ball in difficult areas on the pitch where if you don't move it quickly, firstly you don't get the rhythm of our play, it breaks down for you; secondly if you give it away in those areas it's dangerous," said Lampard.

"He showed that he can do both which, again, is a great thing for me when I'm thinking about how the midfield looks at times."

Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud all found the net as Chelsea thrashed Everton for their biggest Premier League winning margin under Lampard.

After just a second league win in seven, the boss remained circumspect about both their recovery and status in the race for Champions League qualification, despite securing fourth spot.

Asked if Chelsea have found a second wind, Lampard said: "I'm a bit wary to say that. The last two performances would look like that, but I'm experienced enough to know that we go to Villa away next, a team fighting for their lives.

"We've had inconsistencies recently, but who hasn't other than Liverpool in this league? I don't accept those inconsistencies obviously, but it's understandable in this transitional period.

"There's still a long way to go. It may look a small cushion from fifth now, but we have to fight to the end.

"It is in our hands, and when I said we were underdogs before, I was looking at the bigger scene. I'm not going to say we're favourites now.

"There's a lot of work to be done, and we have to fight the inconsistencies to get the points."

Carlo Ancelotti led Chelsea to their first domestic double in 2010 and enjoyed a warm reception on his first Stamford Bridge return.

Everything else proved pretty wretched for the 60-year-old, who later pulled no punches in criticising his players.

Asked if he had any issues with his side's commitment, Ancelotti sighed heavily and then replied: "There are things I can analyse with you, and things I can analyse with my players.

"Everything went wrong, it's not difficult to judge this game."

CHELSEA: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso, Barkley, Gilmour, Mount (James, 60 mins), Willian (Anjorin, 71 mins), Giroud (Broja, 86 mins), Pedro. Unused subs: Christensen, Caballero, Batshuayi, Tomori.

Everton: Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Bernard (Walcott, 46 mins), Andre Gomes, Davies (Kean, 58 mins), Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin (Gordon, 76 mins), Richarlison. Unused subs: Baines, Mina, Iwobi, Stekelenburg.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

Man of the match: Billy Gilmour

Match rating: 7/10

Belfast Telegraph