With Billy Gilmour enduring a tough time on loan at Norwich City, Chelsea should seriously considering deploying a trick they used on Conor Gallagher a couple of years ago.

Gilmour, 20, completed a season-long loan this year from Chelsea to Premier League rivals Norwich. Unfortunately, he’s played in just four of their opening nine league matches. 

Of course, Norwich’s best interest should be on themselves and right now they appear to be in a relegation fight as they are rooted to the bottom of the table. However, parent club Chelsea can’t be happy with their decision-making. 

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Chelsea should consider ending Billy Gilmour loan early

Norwich play 11 games before the January window opens, so there is still plenty of time for Gilmour to get back in the XI. But, the Blues should look to terminate his loan in the New Year if his minutes remain restricted. 

The Scotland international is a supremely talented midfielder that has looked the part during his 22 first-team appearances for Chelsea. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp even called him “sensational” back in August.

He’s simply got to be playing regular senior football.

It looks like Gilmour isn’t fitting into the Norwich system at Carrow Road, which is why he may need to go somewhere in the second half of the season where his development can be aided better. 

The Athletic confirms that there is a break clause in Gilmour’s loan, meaning that Chelsea can trigger the option to bring him back in the new year. It is understood right now that they are “not alarmed” by his situation.

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Conor Gallagher benefited from similar

For Chelsea, they are no strangers to working well in the loan market. 

 

The London club may need to look back to recent history with Conor Gallagher to take inspiration with the Gilmour situation, though.

21-year-old Gallagher, who’s thriving on loan at Crystal Palace this season, spent the 2019/20 season out on a couple of different loans.

Chelsea took the decision to recall Gallagher from a successful loan at Charlton Athletic in January 2020 before sending him to Swansea City for the second half of the campaign. 

His move at the time from a team in the bottom half of the Championship to one chasing promotion was an important step in his career path. The England Under-21 international followed it up with a spell at West Brom last season and his current deal with Palace suggests he’s ready to carve out a senior career at Stamford Bridge. 

In conclusion, it’s taken several moves for Gallagher to find his best destination where everything is clicking at Palace. 

Gilmour may just not be the right fit for Norwich, but the option is there in the new year to reassess his situation and send him elsewhere. He’s such a super talent that it’s a shame to watch him struggling for minutes out on loan.

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