The Scottish midfielder made his Chelsea bow under Frank Lampard but should have been handed more opportunities according to Jody Morris
Former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris has claimed that Billy Gilmour should have played more under the tutelage of Frank Lampard.
The Scottish midfielder made his Blues’ debut under the ex-Chelsea boss, going on to make 17 outings for the first team before Lampard was sacked and replaced by current boss Thomas Tuchel.
Gilmour found opportunities harder to come by under the German and was sent out on-loan to Norwich City.
His spell at Carrow Road hasn’t been all too successful, however, with Daniel Farke hesitant to give him opportunities ahead of his own departure earlier this month.
It has even been reported that the 20-year-old could be recalled by Chelsea in January as they attempt to earn him more regular football.
Regardless of when Gilmour returns to Stamford Bridge, he will be hoping to have done enough to catch the eye once more, having left both Lampard and Morris extremely impressed with his performances – an element that could well have earned more appearances.
Talking in an interview with The Times, Morris said: “When I look back, if anything, when Frank and I were in charge he should’ve played more.
We’d walk off the training pitch and Frank would say: ‘Billy, best player again’. Whether it was technical, tactical, going in against experienced lads, Frank got more and more impressed.
When we started giving him minutes, we could see it was where he belonged.”
Ahead of his move to Norwich, not only had Gilmour left a positive impression on his former coaches, but his peers had also noticed his potential.
Former Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt had praised the midfielder for his performance in Scotland’s 0-0 draw with England at Euro 2020.
Taking to Twitter with his thoughts, the Dutchman wrote: “Fair play Scotland, them tribal games hit different.
Billy Gilmour was basically N’Golo Kante.”
The Scottish midfielder penned a new Chelsea contract in 2019, a deal that is set to run for another year-and-a-half