BILLY GILMOUR amazed Chelsea with his maturity before he kicked a ball for them.
Youngsters usually arrive at the club’s Cobham HQ with their families by their side to look after them.
But the teenager, at the age of 16, travelled from Glasgow and insisted he wanted to live in digs by himself.
It is that dedication to football that caught the eye of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United while Gilmour was at Rangers before deciding to move two years ago.
Those who work closely with him at Chelsea say nothing will distract him from his goal of being a top Premier League player.
He was even invited to model for Burberry for one of their campaigns and made little fuss about it.
That is because from a very young age the teenager’s eyes have been focused on the best way to become a top box-to-box midfielder, rather than the trappings that come with success.
At Ibrox he was offered a great deal to stay in Scotland and get fast-tracked into the first-team.
But he assessed his options carefully and the bigger picture was a chance to establish himself in the Premier League.
“He was promised everything but looked at what was best long-term to becoming the player he wants to be,” said a Rangers source.
Now many are tipping him to make an impression like England midfielder Mason Mount, who spent last season on loan at Derby.
Clubs in the Championship are looking at Gilmour for this coming season.
But Gilmour has already been given an opportunity to impress Lampard on pre-season, and he's done exactly that.
He is a Scotland Under-21 and earned the "Revelation of the Tournament" at the Toulon Tournament in 2018.
Playing above his age group is nothing new to him, with senior football now on the horizon.
Gilmour could be one of the surprise contenders to emerge in Lampard's new youthful look Chelsea.
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