Cesc Fabregas Gives Glowing Review Of Billy Gilmour's Masterclass Against Liverpool
Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has heaped praise on Billy Gilmour after the 18-year old dropped a masterclass in the 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Gilmour, signed from Rangers in 2017, quite rightly received a good chunk of the plaudits courtesy of a superb Man of the Match performance.
And among those waxing lyrical about the way in which he played was Fabregas, who knows a thing or two about making waves as a young central midfielder at a top club in the Premier League.
A couple of fans asked the former Arsenal skipper what he made of Gilmour's performance and the Spaniard, who the Scotsman used to study along with Andres Iniesta and Luka Modric, gave a glowing review on Twitter.
Fabregas in particular admired the "personality", "intelligence" and "aggression" displayed in abundance by Gilmour.
It was only Gilmour's fifth appearance in the Chelsea first-team having recently been permanently promoted to the side. But you wouldn't have known it given the maturity in his performance, with the Blues No.47 making Liverpool's Fabinho look amateurish in the middle of the park.
England legend Alan Shearer, who was watching the game in the BBC Match of the Day live studio, loved everything about Gilmour's game in the 2-0 FA Cup fifth round victory at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Gary Lineker, Shearer said: "Whatever he's been asked to do, whether that's collecting the ball and passing it forward, protecting that back four or spraying the ball around; he's been absolutely magnificent.
"A lot of the time I've seen Chelsea this season, yes they have good possession in Jorginho in the way he passes it, but he hasn't done what this young boy has done in terms of getting the ball and passing it forward - that's been his first thought.
Not only that but he's protected that back four magnificently. Everything he has done has been spot on. The tackling, the timing of the tackles. Setting Chelsea forward... the confidence - he's 18 years of age! To have that confidence, that belief in your ability."