Everyone’s talking about Billy Gilmour at the moment.
The Chelsea wonderkid wowed fans in the Blues’ FA Cup fifth round win over Liverpool last week and then backed it up with an all-star performance in their 4-0 rout over Everton at the weekend.
With manager Frank Lampard clearly keen on giving the 18-year-old game-time and with the Scot performing brilliantly – we’ve gone ahead and added him to our game.
We’ve started Gilmour off at just £1.5m – making him one of the cheapest midfielders around.
Following recent injuries to N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, the former Rangers starlet was given his full Premier League debut on Sunday and will likely hold down his midfield position after a stunning Man of the Match performance.
“He deserves to play,” Lampard told Sky Sports on Sunday, when asked about Gilmour’s inclusion.
“We have got injuries and suspension in the same area, but I don’t want that to be the reason Billy is playing.”
But why should you pick someone with such little experience and pedigree at this stage of the fantasy football season?
Well, we’re fairly confident that Gilmour will enjoy a good run of games in Chelsea’s first-team for the remainder of the campaign – something that we believe is vital when choosing players for your team.
Gilmour is also versatile; said to be comfortable in both a deep-lying role, as a box-to-box midfielder, or even in the No.10 position, which means he gives his team plenty of options in these tricky final months.
But his passing ability and overall composure on the ball means he’s naturally suited for a tempo-setting role, and that makes him very capable of picking up 7+ matchday ratings (worth 3 points on Dream Team) and the Star Man award (which is worth a further 5 points).
Of course, goals and assists are what we really want from midfielders and although he didn’t do either at the weekend, he was involved in two of the Blues’ four goals and should have had an assist late on when he squared the ball to fellow academy graduate Faustino Anjorin – who failed to score.
But are we simply caught up in the hype?
We don’t think so, and neither does the infamously hard-to-please former Man United midfielder Roy Keane.
Keano was just one of a number of pundits and former players who was gushing over the young man at the weekend, saying: “I thought, ‘Who is this kid in midfield?’ There are certain traits you want in a midfielder.
“Quality on the ball, football intelligence, composure.
“He had everything – it was one of the best performances I have seen in a long, long time.”
In many ways, this season has been all about Chelsea’s headline-grabbing youngsters.
Although the goals have dried up recently, Tammy Abraham was one of the early Dream Team favourites of the campaign after tallying 13 goals in the league and he currently boasts 153 points on our game.
Mason Mount, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori have all been fantasy must-haves this term too, thanks to their low cost and surprisingly high points totals so far.
Gilmour is certainly in good company and could be one of the surprise stars of the Dream Team’s final few months – so don’t miss out!