Frank Lampard refuses to rule out Billy Gilmour loan/Jumps to defence of Werner following penalty miss

Frank Lampard refuses to rule out Billy Gilmour loan/Jumps to defence of Werner following penalty miss

Abraham shines

The Blues returned to FA Cup action a short time ago, in a 4th-round meeting with Luton at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard’s men of course headed into proceedings as overwhelming favourites to book their spot in the competition’s last-16, despite an altogether hit and miss recent spell of form.

And, when all was said and done in southwest London, advance is precisely what Chelsea managed.

A largely dominant display eventually saw the hosts emerge on the right side of a 3-1 scoreline, to set up a meeting with another Championship outfit, in the form of Barnsley, in two weeks’ time.

Tammy Abraham proved the undoubted star of the show, netting all 3 of Chelsea’s goals, after Jordan Clark had provided Luton with a glimmer of hope with a strike of his own on the half-hour mark.

‘Keep it open…’

Despite his side’s favourites tag this afternoon, Frank Lampard nevertheless opted for a strong starting XI to face Luton, with the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic in from the off.

One of those to have been handed a rare start, though, amid his efforts to regain full fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, was Billy Gilmour.

And the Scottish youngster went on to thoroughly impress, controlling the tempo of the clash from his midfield berth.

In turn, many of a Chelsea persuasion have since called for Gilmour to be handed a more consistent chance to impress by Frank Lampard over the weeks ahead.

The Blues boss, though, post-match, hinted that he has not yet ruled out the possibility of sanctioning a loan departure for the gifted teen this month, despite no such deal looking on the table as things stand:

Another of his side’s stars whom Lampard was inevitably also drawn on by the media on the back of Chelsea’s FA Cup advancement, meanwhile, was Timo Werner.

The German hitman is of course in the midst of a rough stretch of individual form, but was handed the chance to turn things around with a place from the off this afternoon.

Werner, though, went on to struggle once more, even fluffing a late penalty to stretch his barren spell in front of goal to just one strike across the former Leipzig man’s last 15 appearances.

His manager, though, was keen to jump to Werner’s defence post-match, opting to focus on the 24-year-old’s overall performance, rather than his miss from 12 yards:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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