Teammate says Chelsea loanee is always their best player in matches and training

Norwich City captain Grant Hanley said “fantastic” Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour is always their best performer in both matches and training sessions.

Dean Smith’s appointment as the Norwich City new manager to replace Daniel Farke has certainly had a positive impact on Gilmour’s loan spell.

Smith previously promised “a new start” for several out-of-favour Norwich players, including Gilmour, and he delivered the promise on Saturday.

The 20-year-old midfielder finally made his first appearance in two months for the Canaries in the 2-1 win over Southampton.

Smith’s decision eventually paid off, as Gilmour assisted Hanley’s winning goal.

Hanley did not seem surprised by Gilmour’s brilliant performance, though.

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“I don’t think you need to say much about Billy Gilmour,” the Scotland defender told the media after (via the Pink Un).

“He will play at the top of the top, with the ability that he’s got, his attitude and mentality.

“You only see that in certain players, and they’re the players that play at the top. So there’s no doubt in my mind that Billy Gilmour will play right at the very top. 

“He’s unbelievable every single day, his mentality. He’s never a problem even when he’s obviously had a bit of a tough time with not playing. 

“But he’s probably the best player every day in training, every time he plays he’s probably the best player.

“So nothing to say about Billy Gilmour, apart from I think he’ll do alright!”

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Earlier this month, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel refused to discuss Gilmour’s potential January recall.

The German insisted that the former Rangers academy star made the decision to pursue regular football at another club and therefore must fight for it.

Well, if Gilmour can cement a starting spot under Smith, Chelsea will have no reason to cut his loan short in January.

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