Is Norwich City the perfect place for Billy Gilmour to develop?

James Shearman Updated: 2 Jul 2021 11:21 BST 3 min read
Billy Gilmour, Chelsea

Billy Gilmour, Chelsea

Norwich City completed the loan signing of Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour on Friday as the player agreed to a season-long stint at Carrow Road.

A temporary move away from Stamford Bridge had been touted for some time now, following Gilmour's obvious flashes of brilliance in the Chelsea first team but clear struggles to nail down a first team spot.

As such, the player has clearly been deemed too good to sit on the bench for another season and has been allowed to join Norwich on loan this season.

Gilmour may feel hard done by that he won't be playing at Stamford Bridge next season, but the Blues have high hopes for the youngster and believe a year on loan at a fellow Premier League side could be enough to convince manager Thomas Tuchel to involve him in his future plans.

Thomas Tuchel and Daniel Farke are both former coaches at Borussia Dortmund

Are Norwich City perfect for Gilmour?

The Canaries were promoted out of the Championship for a second time under Daniel Farke this season, and now the club are hoping to fight more bravely against relegation than their dismal effort two years ago.

The German boss' relationship with Thomas Tuchel is said to have played a factor in the decision, as the pair have a strong relationship dating back to their days at Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Farke is also known to rely on young players, with the likes of Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Emi Buendia flourishing under his guidance.

Gilmour has been brought in to replace Oliver Skipp who has returned to Tottenham after a successful spell in the championship at Carrow Road, paving the way for the ex-Rangers man to earn much-needed game time in the critical stage of his development.

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