Roy Keane ripped into Adam Lallana as he gave his verdict on the rise of young Chelsea midfield star Billy Gilmour, while working for Sky Sports.
Ahead of Chelsea ’s clash with Everton on Sunday, the Manchester United legend was speaking about 18-year-old Blues starlet Gilmour, who produced a Man-of-the-Match display in their 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool last Tuesday.
Keane waxed lyrical about Gilmour, insisting the Scottish midfielder was so impressive he climbed out of his seat in amazement.
Nevertheless, the Irishman tipped Everton’s midfield to pose a greater threat to Gilmour at Stamford Bridge than Lallana did on Tuesday, although that proved not to be the case as Frank Lampard’s men romped to a 4-0 win.
Keane told Sky: “I know [Gilmour’s] a young kid and a lot of clubs were after him, so he’s obviously got quality.
“And listen, he’s got a good manager and hopefully some good senior pros around him.
“I know it’s a young squad, but all you need is one or two decent lads around you to help him along the way.
“But again, big test for him today because I think Everton, in a strange way, will be a tougher test than the Liverpool game, because I think Lallana was the midfielder the other night for Liverpool – my daughter’s probably stronger than him.
“So it’s a tough test for him today.”
The dig at Lallana prompted laughter from fellow Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville, Micah Richards and Jamie Redknapp but Keane was not joking about his assessment of Gilmour.
He added: “He was just like a world class player, that is just what he looked like.
“I thought it was one of their experienced lads. I kept a close eye on him for the rest of the game and everything that he did just had quality written all over it.
“He looks a small kid but he has a big composure about him.”