Manager makes interesting claim about 20-year-old on Chelsea’s books, he’s not played in the PL since September

Norwich City’s newly-appointed manager Dean Smith has come out with an interesting claim today regarding Billy Gilmour. 

Gilmour, 20, is a massive young talent who’s on a season-long loan with Norwich from parent club Chelsea.

He will return to Carrow Road from the international break off the back of two superb performances for Scotland in World Cup qualifiers, helping them to reach the play-offs. Pat Nevin has been raving about the youngster’s recent displays in a Scotland shirt

However, Gilmour has been frozen out of the starting line-up at Norwich in the past couple of months. In fact, his last Premier League appearance came back in mid-September against Watford. 

With Smith replacing Daniel Farke as Norwich boss, Chelsea eyes must be fixed on whether or not Gilmour is given a lifeline under fresh management. 

Smith was asked on Wednesday about Chelsea’s loaned-out star:

“A big role, along with the rest of the squad,” Smith responded when asked about the role Billy Gilmour and Todd Cantwell could play under him.

“It’s a new start for them in terms of a new coaching team coming. We’ll get to see them tomorrow in training and it’s down to them to impress us to get into the team.”

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Smith claim interesting

Of course, Smith was asked in his Norwich press conference about a high-profile player in Gilmour. 

It’s no surprise to hear him confirm the entire squad will get a clean slate upon his arrival at the club, something which is common for new managers to say.  However, it’s interesting that he didn’t go overboard with praise on Gilmour when presented with the opportunity to do so.

Smith is going to reserve judgement until working with him on the training pitch, but it won’t be long before he impresses if he performs anywhere near his best.

Smith is throwing down the gauntlet to Gilmour and he’s good enough to rise to the challenge.

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Chelsea need Gilmour playing

The Blues seriously need to consider Gilmour’s loan in January if he can’t break into the Norwich XI under the new boss. 

The central midfielder is proving on the international stage his immense talent and he must be playing regularly to help fulfil his potential. Jack Wilshere believes the Chelsea-owned talent is already “unreal for his age”.

The bar has been set extremely high to break into the midfield positions at Stamford Bridge, but Gilmour is someone out on loan capable of breaking into Thomas Tuchel’s plans with more experience.

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