Gilmour’s rise to stardom, Moreno’s defending and more


"The sky is the limit for him"

The Chelsea youngster has already been tipped for great success
Gilmour has had a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge. Copyright: imago images / Action Plus

Frank Lampard was not shy in his praise for Billy Gilmour and tipped him to reach the very top. The young Scotland international is currently enjoying a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge.

His debut for the first-team came back in August at the start of the season, and he’s went on to make six more appearances after that. He particularly excelled in the matches against Everton and Liverpool, in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively.

Manchester United legend Roy Keane is also one of Gilmour’s admirers and he recently suggested that the young Scot could reach the very top. Lampard seems to agree with that assessment, adding: “I can’t imagine Roy saying something like that unless it’s well deserved! I think Billy can go a long way if he keeps working hard.”

As well as earning praise on all sides, he’s also been compared to another Old Trafford legend — Paul Scholes. And Lampard also gave his view on that: “You certainly cannot compare them right now as Scholesy was one of the greatest midfielders ever, but Billy has shown early signs that he can go all the way.”

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Mexico stalwart claims he didn't know what proper defending was until his move to Italy

Hector Moreno learned a lot during his time at Roma
The Mexico defender says he previously neglected his defensive duties. Copyright: imago images / Icon SMI

You would think that a player with 104 caps for his country who plays as a centre-back would have some kind of idea on what defending is, right? Wrong!

In a bizarre confession, Mexico defender Hector Moreno admitted that he didn’t know how to defend properly until he made the move to Roma — at the “tender” age of 29!

Now competing for Al-Gharafa in the Qatar Stars League, he has also represented Espanyol, PSV and Roma among others in a nomadic soccer career. As Italy is famous for perfecting the art of defending, Moreno admits he acknowledged his lack of defensive nous as soon as he stepped there.

“The most I learned about defending is during the seven months I spent in Rome. The coaches were baffled that I wasn’t familiar with some of the basics, but during my career, I mostly spend time with coaches that preferred to attack.”

His spell in Rome, however, lasted shortly and after just five league appearances he was sold to Real Sociedad halfway through the season.

"Wan-Bissaka is amazing, he bends like rubber!"

Wan-Bissaka's ability cannot be doubted, as his team-mates claim
The young England star has been tipped to reach the top. Copyright: imago images / Sportimage

Odion Ighalo was effusive in his praise for Manchester United’s young right back, particularly highlighting the ease with which he is settled there during his debut season.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined the Red Devils during the summer of 2019, with United digging deep to sign him from Crystal Palace, in a deal worth £50 million ($63m). That hefty price tag, however, has not stopped Wan-Bissaka from impressing and Ighalo was quick to praise him.

“His ability already makes him stand out as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League. I think his ability to steal a ball and contain an opponent is second to none — and he is very difficult to get past as well.”

Ighalo is sure to have been introduced to those defensive abilities first-hand, with the Nigerian striker being able to get a good look at Wan-Bissaka during their training sessons.

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