Billy Gilmour reveals he models his game on former Chelsea FC star Cesc Fabregas

Chelsea FC starlet Billy Gilmour reveals that he looks up to Cesc Fabregas as one of his footballing idols

Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas (Photo: The Sport Review)

Billy Gilmour has revealed that he models large parts of his game on former Chelsea FC midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

The Scottish teenager has earned a reputation as one of Chelsea FC’s most exciting young players since having broken into the first team under Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

Gilmour earned lots of praise for his performances in the middle of the park for the Blues last season before his campaign was cut short by a knee injury.

The 19-year-old is now working his way back to full fitness and he played the full 90 minutes of Chelsea FC’s 4-0 win over Morecambe in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Gilmour will now be aiming to hold down a regular spot in the Chelsea FC team in the coming weeks and months as he bids to prove himself as worthy of a place in the side under Lampard.

And the midfielder has now revealed that he sees Fabregas as one of his footballing idols.

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea FC’s website, Gilmour said: “When I was watching Cesc, it was all about his forward passes to the striker, whether that was a lofted pass, a clipped ball or just a simple through ball.

“He was one of the best at doing that, especially at Chelsea, and I want to add that more to my own game, but it comes first of all from being aware of what’s around you.

“He speaks a lot about the boys because he obviously used to be here but it’s always nice seeing a top midfielder like that comment on your game.”

Last March, Fabregas commented on Gilmour’s performance in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool FC.

Fabregas said: “Personality on the ball, intelligence in his decision making, always making angles to offer himself and has that bit of aggression in him which is very important specially in the Premier League.

“When you have the quality but also the desire, the work ethic and the intelligence, then is when you can see real potential in a young player. He has all of that.”

Chelsea FC are in Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to take on Fulham in the top flight.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
'It's really complicated': Fabrizio Romano plays down Arsenal hopes of signing James Maddison
Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel sends message to Chelsea FC fans about midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo: Spurs TV)
Fabrizio Romano: Cristian Romeno is 'one step away' from signing for Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo: Spurs TV)
'Done deal': Fabrizio Romano says Tottenham are close to signing Cristian Romero from Atalanta
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane (Photo: Raphael Varane / Instagram)
'Yes': Robert Pires makes prediction about incoming Man United signing Raphael Varane
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
'It's really complicated': Fabrizio Romano plays down Arsenal hopes of signing James Maddison
Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel sends message to Chelsea FC fans about midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo: Spurs TV)
Fabrizio Romano: Cristian Romeno is 'one step away' from signing for Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo: Spurs TV)
'Done deal': Fabrizio Romano says Tottenham are close to signing Cristian Romero from Atalanta
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane (Photo: Raphael Varane / Instagram)
'Yes': Robert Pires makes prediction about incoming Man United signing Raphael Varane
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature