'A great effort': Manager hails 20-year-old Chelsea loanee's FA Cup performance

Norwich City boss Dean Smith praised Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour after his performance yesterday in the FA Cup.

Gilmour, who’s missed some games lately with an ankle problem, made his comeback appearance on Saturday for Norwich.

The 20-year-old started in a brilliant 1-0 away victory for the Canaries, which booked their spot in the draw for the FA Cup fifth round.

He assisted the winner from teammate Kenny McLean before being substituted off in the 72nd minute with some cramp.

All Chelsea eyes have been on the youngster to see how he performs out on loan with Norwich this season and he’s not had it all his own way. However, the appointment of Dean Smith as manager in November has re-energised the entire squad.

Smith did give credit to Gilmour in his post-match interview following his contribution on the weekend:

“I thought he used the ball really well considering he has been out for four weeks and he has only trained this week,” he said.

“It was a great effort from him. He cramped up in the second half but it’s great to have him back.”

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Chelsea future

For Gilmour, his long-term ambition is surely to be in the Chelsea side.

The central midfielder has made 22 first-team appearances for the Blues, but the club decided to let him learn his craft out on loan with Norwich this season.

If he wants a spot in Thomas Tuchel’s squad next season, you’d suspect he will need a strong finish to this campaign.

Jack Wilshere previously called Gilmour “unreal for his age”, and there is clearly so much potential in his young shoes.

The on-loan Norwich midfielder can help shape his future by starring in Norwich’s fight for survival in the Premier League.

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