Frank Lampard’s Chelsea youth integration is well and truly underway.
The Chelsea boss began the season when he put in several youth team players like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James into the first team.
The development for most of them has been prolific with Abraham now Chelsea’s spearhead.
However, it seems Lampard is keen to continue this revolution at the Bridge. The latest star to have made a permanent switch from youth team to the senior department is Billy Gilmour.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website, Gilmour, who has already made 5 appearances for the first time, said that he is in Lampard’s debt and is confident every time he steps on to the pitch.
“It’s a massive moment for me and I’m really happy,” Gilmour said of the switch. “‘I went with the squad to Leicester and even though I wasn’t involved, the gaffer pulled me afterwards to tell me that after the winter break I’d be with the first-team permanently.
“It’s a dream come true for me. It’s the first big step I think, moving into the first team dressing room at a club like Chelsea. It’s massive for me.
“Knowing that the manager has such faith in you is massive, it gives me so much confidence when I step onto the field.”