Chelsea Loanee Billy Gilmour wants to continue building at Norwich City after finally finding minutes under Dean Smith

Talk to Eastern Daily Press, as quoted by football.london,, Billy Gilmour has opened up about his ambitions to do well at Norwich City amid a January decision by Chelsea to recall him.

The youngster broke into Chelsea’s first team in Frank Lampard’s first season at the club. He was also a regular off the bench last season, but needed consistent playing time. The Blues loaned him to Norwich and he started the first three games of the season for the Canaries.

However, he didn’t play a minute for the entire month of October. But since taking on Dean Smith at the helm, Gilmour has played both games under him, helping the club earn four points during that time.

Billy Gilmour recently opened up about his desire to perform at Norwich City this season. (Photo by Stephen Pond / Getty Images)

Gilmour recently revealed to Eastern Daily Press, as quoted by football.london, about his ambitions to succeed at Carrow Road.

“Of course it’s frustrating not to play, but I’m here at Norwich, I want to do well, I want this loan to go well. So for me to play and earn points for the team is something something that I want to continue to build on and help Norwich.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was asked in early November about his intentions to recall the player in January. He replied, stating (h / t football.london):

“For me, for the moment, not the moment to already give solutions for January and to open the talks to bring him back.”

Gilmour needs a full season of consistent playing time

It could bode well for the Blues to recall it and add strength to the ranks mid-season. However, there is no guarantee on how many minutes he could be given and whether or not Tuchel thinks he is worthy of contributing to the squad at this time.

Thomas Tuchel could make the decision to recall Billy Gilmour in January.  (imago images)
Thomas Tuchel during a training session for Chelsea. (imago images)

The Blues are at the top of the standings and also participate in cup competitions. So while there are several games to play, opponents often line up their best teams to try to beat us. Gilmour must be at this level every time he is called. It’s a lot of pressure on a youngster right now.

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Maybe it would be better for him to gain one season’s experience and get to know the nature of the league well. He’s a rising star, but recalling him may not be the right decision for his long-term development.

After all, we boast of two world-class midfielders in Jorginho and N’Golo Kante who are vying for regular playing time in Tuchel’s two midfielder with Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley and lender Saul Niguez. Where Gilmour would get consistent playing time in the middle of this is hard to see.


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