Norwich City boss Daniel Farke says there is plenty more to come from Billy Gilmour after the Chelsea midfielder played his first minutes for loan club Norwich City.
The Scotland international completed a season-long switch to the Canaries at the start of the month, although the deal would’ve gone through earlier had Gilmour not been in a ten-day self-isolation having tested positive for Covid-19 during Euro 2020.
Gilmour’s move to Carrow Road should give him every opportunity of competing for a place in Thomas Tuchel’s squad on his return to Chelsea next summer.
Not only will the 20-year-old be utilised in a double six but he shall work under Farke, who has a close relationship with Tuchel from their time together at Borussia Dortmund.
“We are happy to have him but we have to be realistic,” Farke told the Eastern Daily Press after Norwich’s pre-season began with a 3-1 win over King’s Lynn Town.
“We don’t want to praise him too much or put too much pressure on him. He had a great game for his national team and is part of a big team at Chelsea but we have to be a bit careful.
“He is a great character. He only arrived on Thursday after some more days off for the Euros. We did some tests and his first training session was with the team on Friday morning.
“I wouldn’t do that with a 37-year-old but with a young player you can throw them into the cold water. He proved he could swim. ”
Gilmour played the opening 45 minutes of the friendly and, unsurprisingly given the opposition, looked at ease in the Norwich midfield.
There were a couple of early loose touches from the Chelsea academy graduate but Gilmour eventually ensured Farke’s side controlled possession and there were two excellent passes, one for Bali Mumba and one for Milot Rashica, that helped the Canaries get into dangerous areas.
“Let’s not talk too much,” Farke continued. “Let’s bring him on the pitch and let him show what he can do.
“He did that in this game. He showed some glimpses, some nice passes.
“Of course, he has to adapt to us, how to press, when to press, and that will come. We have a few days to prepare.”