Billy Gilmour ran the Chelsea midfield against Grimsby, a delighted Frank Lampard said after the Carabao Cup win.
Gilmour, making his first start, was a stand out performer, with fellow newcomers Reece James and Marc Guehi also impressing on their debuts.
“I thought Gilmour ran the game from midfield, and Guehi was solid. They’ve been outstanding this year,” said Lampard.
“With his end product Reece showed what he can do, an assist and a goal, but Reece’s performances on loan last year at Wigan showed the talent he’s got.
“I think he’s going to be a big player for this club. It’s just the start for Reece.
“And the young subs [Tino Anjorin and Ian Maatsen] showed how comfortable they are on the ball. Now the hard work starts to get in the team regularly.
“It says a lot about the academy, and nights like this give the opportunity to mix the team up and give them a chance, it gives good recognition to the academy.”
Also taking note of Gilmour was former Chelsea midfielder Fabregas, who tweeted: “He played amazing tonight. Personality is the most important at this age and he’s got it all right.
“Now time to keep learning and taking advantage of these games to prove the coach he’s good enough.”
It drew a simple ‘thank you’ from the rising star, who ’caused despair’ at Rangers when he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2017, according to Pat Nevin.
“He will be and is already a very, very exciting talent. Chelsea fans will definitely see more of him in the coming years,” the former Blue said of the highly regarded teenager.