Frank Lampard says both Billy Gilmour and Callum Hudson-Odoi are making a clear case to replace some of Chelsea's household names in the Blues first-team.
The pair impressed as the Blues swatted aside Morecambe 4-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday, with Hudson-Odoi grabbing one of the four goals.
Young Scottish midfielder Gilmour burst onto the scene just prior to lockdown last season, impressing in an FA Cup win over Liverpool and a Premier League victory over Everton, but after injury hampered his progress Lampard says he is back fully fit and firing now.
"I think Billy is pushing [for a first-team place] and has been since he made his breakthrough last season against top-level opposition,"Lampard said.
"His injury came soon after that but from those moments I knew Billy would be a very, very good player for this club, to say the least."
Hudson-Odoi has also had impressive moments in the Chelsea first-team, but the England international has had to be patient as the Blues have added expensive attacking talents to the ranks such as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, both of whom also scored against Morecambe.
"In terms of how long until he makes that case [for a run in the team]? He’s making it now," said Lampard of Hudson-Odoi.
"When everyone is fit we have maybe three natural wingers and he’s one of them. There’s always going to be a time when I have to make selection decisions.
"The way he’s playing now means he’s assisting, he’s scoring goals, he’s a threat every time he plays, it makes me really happy because that is definitely an uplift from Callum and as I say, there’s more gears he can go through.
"Again, he’s another young player with lots to come. Don’t expect too much but it’s good to expect more from him because he’s showing a lot."
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