Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has revealed that the club will consider recalling Billy Gilmour from his loan spell at Norwich early if he does not get more playing time, but also urged the midfielder to fight for a starting place.
After making a very promising start to a season-long season at Carrow Road, Gilmour have lost their place in Daniel Farke’s team and have not been in their last five league games, despite some poor performances from the Canary Islands.
After landing the coveted loan goal during the summer, Farke said last month that Norwich “are not here to develop players from other clubs”.
Asked about the Scottish national team player’s difficult situation ahead of the meeting with Malmö in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday, Chelsea manager Tuchel said: “I spoke to Daniel [Farke] and Billy [Gilmour] about the situation and we will make the decision in January.
“He left and was looking for more minutes and playing time at another club and the challenge is for him to fight his way through.
“It is not going as well as he might have hoped, but it is not the time to interrupt the whole project or start talks to get him back.”
Tuchel continued: “Sometimes these weeks and months come when the situation does not seem to be going the right way – you just have to keep up and show your quality and make sure you help your team, no matter how.
“It sharpens the character and I’m sure it’s going to be a big chapter in Billy’s career.
“It’s just the beginning of November and there are still months left and a lot of time to prove he has enough quality to help Norwich become a better team.”
Should Chelsea decide to cancel the 20-year-old’s stay in Norfolk, he will have no shortage of suitors in the Premier League.