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Thomas Tuchel has declared that Chelsea will avoid making a decision on whether to recall Billy Gilmour from his season-long loan spell at Norwich City until at least January. The 20-year-old was shipped out to Norfolk on a temporary basis over the summer but has failed to live up to expectations over the course of the campaign to date.

Gilmour turned plenty of heads at Euro 2020 for Scotland and was expected to play a significant role in Norwich’s ongoing bid for Premier League survival.

However, the Chelsea loanee has only turned out on four occasions since the beginning of the season and has been left as an unused substitute in five of the Canaries’ last seven matches.

He has not featured in the league since September after falling out of favour with Daniel Farke, who has opted to deploy the likes of Kenny McLean, Mathias Normann and Pierre Lees-Melou in midfield as of late.

Gilmour’s lack of action has led to suggestions that he could be recalled by Chelsea in order to be sent on loan to a different club in January.

However, Tuchel is adamant that he will give the Blues youngster every chance to assert himself at Norwich, urging him to step up and prove Farke wrong over the coming weeks.

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“We will take the decision in January [if he is recalled], not now,” the Chelsea boss told reporters.

“I met Billy around the Norwich match and things were clear when we decided together. He needed more minutes in another club, the challenge was clear that he needed to fight his way through.

“Things are maybe not going as he wishes right now but it’s not the moment to cancel the whole project. Sometimes these weeks arrive that the situation is stuck, but you have to hang in there and show your quality.

“That sharpens your character and it will be a big chapter in your career. It will be the same for Billy.


“It’s the moment right now to have solutions for January and have talks to bring him back.”

Norwich have failed to get their latest Premier League campaign up and running as of yet, with Farke’s side propping up the rest of the table after claiming just two points all season.

The Canaries are yet to win a single match despite spending close to £60million on new players during the summer transfer window.

It remains to be seen whether they will eventually lose Gilmour in January if Farke continues to overlook the Irvine-born midfielder, who initially broke into Chelsea’s first-team picture last season.


The Norwich boss recently warned Gilmour that he will be forced to earn his place in the side on merit, underlining the need to field his strongest possible team in every Premier League game to stand any chance of survival.

“There is no pressure,” Farke told reporters last month.

“We are not here to develop players for other clubs, we are here to win points for this club.

“It is not about Billy Gilmour, about Brandon Williams [on loan from Manchester United], Kenny McLean or Temmu Pukki who are our players, we just like to play with the players to win points.

“This is also the challenge our loan players want to have. It is not like they want to play just because we have loaned them and they [parent clubs] want them to play many games.”

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