Billy Gilmour joins Norwich on a season long loan

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has made a loan move to Norwich City for the 2021/22 football season. It can be recalled that the 20-year-old impressed and won the Man of the Match Award in Scotland’s goalless draw against England in the group stages ofEuro 2020.

However, he tested positive for the coronavirus and played no part in their last group game as he had to self-isolate.

Many clubs were interested in Gilmour’s services on a temporary basis but newly-promoted Norwich City won the race for his signature with Canaries boss Daniel Fake believing that the Scottish midfielder is a perfect fit for his side.

“We are really happy to have brought Billy in,” said Farke, who saw the departure of midfielder Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa for £33million last month.

“We must say a big thank you to Chelsea and all those involved for making this deal happen. I think it helped that in the past we have shown that young players with potential are in good hands here at Norwich City.

“We are delighted to bring Billy in because we’ve lost some players in that area. We’re looking to improve our options, particularly in the centre of the park, and for that we’re happy to bring Billy in.

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“We got the feeling that he can help us a lot with his ability to link the play, his technical qualities and also his work against the ball. From the football point of view, but also from his character he is the perfect fit for us.

“He will help us to achieve our targets. We still have to keep in mind that he is an unbelievably young guy and that he hasn’t played regularly on this level. We have to give him some time and space to improve and find his rhythm.”

Gilmour played 11 games for Chelsea last season and started 3 Premier League games for the Blues. He was also an unused substitute in the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League finals against Leicester City and Manchester City respectively.

Meanwhile, he is relishing the chance at Norwich, saying: “I’m very excited to be here. I can’t wait for the season ahead. I’ve been looking forward to coming here, playing as much as possible, and helping Norwich City compete in the Premier League.

“I spoke to the head coach. He called me and we had a nice talk about how he wants to play and how he sees me fitting in. Everything he said was what I want to do on the pitch, get the ball down and play nice football. He spoke really highly of his team and I wanted to come join here and help.”