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Friday, October 22, 2021

Thomas Tuchel sends message to Chelsea star Billy Gilmour amid Norwich struggles

  Thomas Tuchel has underlined his faith in Billy Gilmour but believes the Chelsea youngster took a ‘huge risk’ by joining Norwich on loan i...


Thomas Tuchel has underlined his faith in Billy Gilmour but believes the Chelsea youngster took a ‘huge risk’ by joining Norwich on loan in the summer.

The 20-year-old enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a series of polished performances for Scotland during last summer’s European Championships, but arrived back at Stamford Bridge in the knowledge he was unlikely to force his way ahead of Chelsea’s more senior midfielders.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s return from a loan spell at Fulham and the signing of Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid only intensified the level of competition and rather than settle for a bit-part role, Gilmour joined Norwich in search of regular first team football.

Thomas Tuchel claims he still 'loves' Billy Gilmour After making a bright start to his temporary spell at Carrow Road, the elegant midfielder has lost his place in Daniel Farke’s side and hasn’t started a Premier League game in over a month.

‘Big clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea don’t want it easy for their players,’ said Norwich manager Daniel Farke earlier this week, when asked why Gilmour and fellow loanee Brandon Williams hadn’t featured of late.

‘If they want to be Manchester United, Chelsea or Tottenham players one day, then they need to make sure that they face this challenge and step up to this challenge. Brandon Williams, on loan at Norwich from Man Utd, is also struggling for game time ‘For that there is no extra pressure. I am not here to please Manchester United or Chelsea, or Tottenham last season, I am just here to win points for Norwich City

‘It’s not about Billy Gilmour or Brandon Williams, or Kenny McLean or Teemu Pukki who are our players, we just like to play with the players to help us to win points. ‘This is the challenge that, for example, our loan players want to have. It is not a gift that we play them because we have loaned them and they want to play many games.’

Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Norwich, who are rooted to the bottom of the table, Tuchel insisted he was still a massive admirer of Gilmour’s and challenged him to win back his place.

He said: ‘I love Billy. He decided to go to have a better chance to get some minutes. We want him to perform. If you decide to go on loan, it’s as simple as that – you need to be on the pitch, perform, be a top player, if you want to make it here.

‘He’s our player. we love him, but changing a club is a huge risk, huge step. Now’s not the time to speak about coming back.” ‘He just needs to show what he can do. No coach will leave the best players out, that’s what he needs to prove. That Norwich is a better team with him.’

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