‘Hard for my family’: Chelsea man claims loan spell was really difficult, he could be off again this summer

Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour has opened up to The Telegraph about his difficult loan spell at Norwich City last season.

The Scottish international showed glimpses of greatness in appearances for the Blues, in particular under Frank Lampard.

However, a loan spell to Norwich City saw him struggle to reach those heights last season, with the Canaries relegated back to the Championship.

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It seemed like Gilmour got the brunt of the abuse from the Carrow Road supporters, with them potentially expecting more from a player with Champions League and European Championship player of the match awards.

The abuse eventually took its toll on the 21-year-old, who claimed it forced his family away from the stadium on matchdays.

Gilmour opens up on difficult loan spell

He said: “It was a difficult season. I went there with the idea of trying to play my best and some games it worked and some games it didn’t, so I took some experience from that and it will help me going forward.

“It’s the fans’ opinion. They come to watch games and pay for their ticket and they shout, but that has happened and it wasn’t nice to hear. I gave it my all and tried to work hard every game.

“Of course, it’s hard (not to let it get to you). It was also hard for my family. When you’ve got family in the stands and they’re shouting that it’s never nice, but I would just get my head down. I know what I’m good at, I’ll work hard on the field and try to get back.

“Of course it’s not nice. They [his parents] stopped coming to the games, so it wasn’t nice. They weren’t coming down for games at the weekend, just staying in the house.”

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With Gilmour being released from the first team squad led by Thomas Tuchel, he is set to link up with the Under 23s side to get some game time, however putting a big question mark over his future at Stamford Bridge.

The Telegraph claims the Scot will be holding talks with the German over his future, with a move away now a real possibility.

The move would be a shame for Chelsea fans, who have seen on multiple occasions just what he can do when around the quality of players the club possesses.

That said, it feels Gilmour was outshined by fellow loanee Conor Gallagher last season, and him staying at the club has surely pushed him further down the pecking order.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.