The introduction of Billy Gilmour against Sheffield United by Frank Lampard ended up being controversial, as we went on to concede a soft second goal with the young Scot on the pitch.
Lampard took criticism for that, for being “too eager” to play youth players and so on. But if you strip away the bad result, it should be seen as really positive move -and it would have been had the game ended with a win.
As Scottish paper the Daily Record cheerfully note, Gilmour was included in the Champions League squad too, and we can hope to see glimpses of him in that competition too. The fact that Frank Lampard is giving out these chances now bring so much hope to the younger players.
It’s not just Mason and Tammy in their 20s getting a shot now, players who are only just 18 can hope for glances on the first team pitch from the manager.
Ignore the result – just think about how exciting that is. Think about how inspiring it is for the players in Gilmour’s age group. That’s the Lampard effect.