Billy Gilmour completes loan m...


Billy Gilmour completes loan move to Norwich

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

11:54 2 Jul 2021

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Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour will spend next season at Norwich after both clubs agreed to a season-long loan deal. 

The 20-year has made 22 senior appearances for Chelsea and had it not been for injury, the Scotland international would have added to that tally.

Gilmour joined the Chelsea Academy from Rangers in the summer of 2017 and made his first-team debut as a substitute in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Sheffield United in August 2019.

The Scottish midfielder hit the headlines with his performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup in March 2020 just before football was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gilmour also impressed for Scotland at Euro 2020 when he was handed a first senior start against England at Wembley but he missed the final group game with Croatia after testing positive for coronavirus.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will no doubt be keeping a close eye on how Gilmour gets on under the guidance of Norwich boss Daniel Farke, who was in charge of Borussia Dortmund’s reserves during Tuchel’s time as the club’s first-team manager.

Gilmour said: "I’m very excited to be here. I can’t wait for the season ahead.

"I’ve been looking forward to coming here, playing as much as possible and helping Norwich City compete in the Premier League.

"I spoke to the head coach [Daniel Farke] here. He called me and we had a nice talk about how he wants to play and how he sees me fitting in.

"Everything he said was what I want to do on the pitch, get the ball down and play nice football. He spoke really highly of his team and I wanted to come join here and help.

"There are very exciting times ahead, coming in for pre-season and seeing all the lads. Let’s get to it."

Head coach Daniel Farke added: "We are really happy to have brought Billy in. We must say a big thank you to Chelsea and all those involved for making this deal happen.

"I think it helped that in the past we have shown that young players with potential are in good hands here at Norwich City.

"We are delighted to bring Billy in because we’ve lost some players in that area. We’re looking to improve our options, particularly in the centre of the park, and for that we’re happy to bring Billy in.

"We got the feeling that he can help us a lot with his ability to link the play, his technical qualities and also his work against the ball.

"From the football point of view, but also from his character he is the perfect fit to our squad.

"He will help us to achieve our targets. We still have to keep in mind that he is an unbelievably young guy and that he hasn’t played regularly on this level.

"We have to give him some time and space to improve and find his rhythm.

"All in all, we got the feeling that he can help us achieve our targets and he’s a perfect fit for us."

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