Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour has opened up on what it’s like training with the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Olivier Giroud.
The 17-year-old made the move from Rangers to west London in the summer of 2017 and made an instant impact as part of the U18’s side that clinched the U18s Premier League Cup in his debut season.
Furthermore, the teenager claimed a goal in the FA Youth Cup second leg 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium as the Blues continued their dominance at that level.
Given Gilmour’s impressive showings it was no surprise that he was invited to train with the first team squad last season.
For any teenager training alongside the likes of the aforementioned trio it would be a nerve-wracking experience.
And Gilmour was no different as he admitted that the taste of first-team set-up left him star-struck.
“It was a good experience. I went round there with the other two boys,” he told BBC Scotland .
“You’re out on the training pitch and you start to see Hazard coming out, Fabregas and then Giroud and you’re thinking, ‘Jeez oh, you play with them on Fifa!’
“But no, the standard was amazing. Just to get up close to them and watch what they do, it’s unbelievable.
“Sometimes you could break under that (pressure). But I was just loving it. Getting on the ball and doing your stuff in the training sessions, then you’re passing to Hazard, hitting a shot into Courtois – that’s dreams!”
After returning to the club following a decent showing for Scotland at this summer’s Toulon Tournament, Gilmour has set about trying to catch the eye of Maurizio Sarri in the hope of featuring the Carabao Cup and Europa League this season.
He played 83 minutes of the EFL Trophy win over Swindon Town last month and has one goal and two assists from four Premier League 2 appearances so far.