Gilmour enhanced his ever-burgeoning reputation with a man of the match display during Scotland’s 0-0 draw with England at Wembley a fortnight ago on what was his first competitive start of his country.
The 20-year-old was used sparingly by Thomas Tuchel during the early months of his reign, but injuries to Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante handed him an opportunity to impress which he duly accepeted.
Despite his abundant potential, Chelsea have opted to let him leave on a temporary basis with newly promoted Norwich set to benefit from his talents.
‘I’ve been looking forward to coming here, playing as much as possible and helping Norwich City compete in the Premier League,’ said Gilmour, explaining his decision to join the Canaries.
‘I spoke to the head coach [Daniel Farke]. 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 here and help.’
‘I think it helped that in the past we have shown that young players with potential are in good hands here at Norwich City,’ added Farke, who lost key playmaker Emi Buendia to Aston Villa last month.
‘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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