Billy Gilmour can save Chelsea £30m and provide the key to Critical transfer plan
Dean Smith has taken over at Carrow Road, giving Billy Gilmour a second chance to make his impact at the club.
Since his previous appearance in green and yellow, Billy Gilmour has played four times for Scotland.
The young Scotsman has had a difficult loan time, but he excelled once again for Steve Clarke’s team when they defeated Denmark in World Cup qualification.
By directing play, the 20-year-old demonstrated his technical abilities, was unafraid to talk with his teammates with fervour, and even put his foot in the game.
At Norwich, he displayed everything Chelsea thought he’d be able to show.
Gilmour started four of Norwich’s first five games, starting in the center of the field against Liverpool and Manchester City. Former Norwich manager Daniel Farke blamed the youngster’s workload for his absence, but his inability to play for more than a month seemed to indicate he was out of favor more than anything else.
On the same day that Farke was relieved of his duties, Matthias Norman took over in the center of midfield and scored in Norwich’s first win of the season.
Dean Smith has taken his position, and the desire to impress has begun all over again. Gilmour will be given an opportunity by a manager who has had success with young players like Aston Villa’s Jacob Ramsey.
“A major part,” Smith remarked of Gilmour and Todd Cantwell, “together with the rest of the squad.”
“It’s a fresh start for them with a new coaching staff arriving, and we’ll get to meet them in training tomorrow. Now it’s up to them to wow us and earn a spot in the team.
The former Rangers trainee’s assignment, in Thomas Tuchel’s opinion, is unlikely to alter. Earlier this season, the 48-year-old was not in a hurry to cast doubt on the loan’s worth.
He stated, ” “You must persevere, demonstrate your worth, and ensure that you assist your team, no matter where they are. Your personality will be sharpened as a result of this. That will be a significant milestone in your career.”
Minutes are vital to Gilmour’s growth, and given the traits his Scotland displays have infused, it’s a shame we don’t see them more frequently.
Gilmour was Chelsea’s fourth midfielder before his loan, after N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic. With his departure, the team needed to bring in Saul Niguez on a temporary basis.
At the end of the season, Chelsea has the option to make the transaction permanent for £30 million. However, the agreement was for him to offer depth rather than to be a regular starter.
Following Saul’s arrival, Tuchel said: “As you are aware, we agreed for Billy Gilmour to join Norwich City in order for him to have more first-team minutes; he was our fourth midfielder last season. With the Covid issue, as well as the Euro and Copa America, I was a little anxious about starting the season with only Jorginho, N’Golo, and Mateo [Kovacic].
“We don’t have the biggest roster in terms of numbers – we can feel it now because we’re without two players, and we’re wondering who’s in the 18 – but we do have a good group in terms of quality and character.”
Gilmour’s status in the Chelsea hierarchy will remain unchanged without playing time, and it would be reasonable to expect the club to locate another loan for 2022/23. Given the re-emergence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he might possibly be farther down the pecking order.
A successful spell at Carrow Road eliminates any need to explore Saul’s signing, regardless of whether the Atletico Madrid loanee can demonstrate his worth throughout the busy match calendar.
Gilmour can show that he has the skill and temperament to shine amid adversity, and he can add depth to Tuchel’s midfield.
The development of the Ardrossan native might be crucial to Chelsea’s objectives. The Blues have been associated with Declan Rice and Aurelian Tchouameni, and while Gilmour’s appointment may not eliminate the need for those players as Kante and Jorginho get older, it may give Marina Granovskaia more time, or at the very least more money, to work with.
With Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, and Cesar Azpilicueta’s contracts expiring next summer, Chelsea’s attention may need to shift to defense.
In the same way that Romelu Lukaku was the Blues’ statement signing this season to fill a vacuum in Tuchel’s squad, Granovskaia’s focus in 2022 may need to be replacing Rudiger and Christensen. That is not going to be inexpensive.
Avoiding a stop-gap signing like Saul might go a long way toward preventing this.