Keane hails young Gilmour while taking savage swipe at Lallana
‘Everton is a harder test for Billy Gilmour… the other night Adam Lallana was his opponent and my daughter is stronger’: Roy Keane hails young Chelsea star whilst taking savage swipe at Liverpool midfielder
- Roy Keane took a dig at Adam Lallana ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Everton
- The Liverpool midfielder faced off against Blues star Billy Gilmour in the FA Cup
- The teen thrived in the win but Keane slammed the Lallana’s performance
- He called Everton a tougher test for Gilmour who ‘looks like a world class player’
Roy Keane has slated Adam Lallana after the Liverpool midfielder proved no match for Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour in the FA Cup.
Lallana came up against the young Scot on Tuesday and was dominated by the teenager’s man of the match performance, as the Blues dumped Jurgen Klopp’s side out with a 2-0 win.
Manchester United legend Keane couldn’t resist a dig at the Reds man while tipping Gilmour – who earned another start against Everton on Sunday – for big things in west London.
Roy Keane was full of praise for Billy Gilmour on Saturday but couldn’t resist a dig at Lallana
The young Chelsea star put in a man of the match display against Liverpool in the FA Cup
Lallana was substituted in the match after struggling to match the 18-year-old midfielder
‘I think Everton in a strange way will be a tougher test than the Liverpool game, because Lallana was in midfield that night and I think my daughter’s probably stronger than him,’ Keane said on Sky Sports.
‘(Gilmour’s) performance the other night was fantastic. I was sitting at home and as the game started I was literally getting out of my seat thinking “who is this kid in midfield.”
‘There are certain traits you want from a midfielder: quality on the ball, footballing intelligence, composure – he had everything.
Gilmour’s display against the Reds earned him another start against Everton on Sunday
‘It was one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long, long time. The downside for the kid now is he’s got to back it up.’
Gilmour faces the Toffees in only his seventh game for the Chelsea first-team, and at 18 years old he already looks ready to challenge for a regular starting spot.
Plucked from Rangers’ academy while being monitored by sides across Europe, Gilmour has caught the eye in his progression through the Blues’ youth setup.
Gilmour is another beneficiary of Frank Lampard’s faith in youth players at Chelsea
The teen ran the show against Liverpool, and Keane was mightily impressed after watching him for the first time.
‘The way the game started, he was just like a world class player,’ the former midfielder said.
‘I thought it was one of their experience lads at first. I kept a close eye on him throughout the game and everything he did just had quality written all over it.
‘He’s a small kid but he’s got a big composure about him.’
Keane believes the teenage Scot has ‘world class’ talent after watching him for the first time
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