«Billy Gilmour, he left because you're not very good,» sung the travelling Brighton fans in the second half, or words to that effect. The Scottish midfielder, back at Stamford Bridge to make his first appearance at the ground since leaving, had come on to change the game for Roberto De Zerbi's side.
Despite a whole load of possession, the Seagulls had fallen behind without massively troubling Robert Sanchez. Gilmour, who was a fan favourite when he was actually selected at Chelsea, got a rousing reception despite the feeling that he could actually turn the tide of the game.
Part of the reason he wasn't able to have a tangible effect on the result is because of the man that, in a way, replaced him at Chelsea. 12 months on from moving from SW6 to Sussex for less than £10million, the Blues splashed 10 times that on someone with less Premier League experience than Gilmour, Moises Caicedo.
The Ecuadorian, facing off against his former side for the first time since leaving earlier this summer, anchored the midfield alongside Lesley Ugochukwu, another young player signed for more money than Gilmour was sold for. His output was impressive. As Chelsea had less than 40% possession Caicedo had the joint second-most touches for his side and completed 91% of his passes.
He won three ground duels, didn't commit a foul and was instrumental in shutting down the central spaces for the Blues against their dangerous opposition. It was the first time in 20 matches that De Zerbi's side hadn't scored. For all their possession and passes, jinxing threats in wide areas, Sanchez had only one real save to make. Had the refereeing been a bit tighter and Chelsea could have scored at least once more.
This though, was just the second time Caicedo hadRead on football.london