Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has completed his season-long loan move to Norwich City.
Daniel Farke has got his man, and Billy Gilmour is expected to be playing week in and week out at Norwich City. The Scottish midfielder has impressed whenever he was given a chance at Chelsea and was a star in his lone appearance at EURO 2020.
With the move now confirmed, we take a look at the winners and losers:
Winner: Billy Gilmour
Billy Gilmour is just 20 years old, and the Scottish midfielder is ready to play in top-flight football. He was getting eased into the Chelsea XI by Frank Lampard, but an untimely injury saw him lose momentum.
Now, Daniel Farke is looking to use him regularly at Norwich City and is reportedly set to play him in the double six. Even if Norwich get relegated, the experience of playing in the Premier League every week will help improve the Scotsman and make him more confident.
Losers: Oliver Skipp
Oliver Skipp, on loan from Tottenham, was the shining star at Norwich City last season. He played 45 games in the Championship for the Canneries and helped them gain promotion.
However, Norwich City are not looking to sign the midfielder this season. He would have been looking forward to playing in the Premier League under Daniel Farke but will have to look elsewhere.
Winner: Norwich City
Norwich City needed an upgrade on Oliver Skipp, and they have found the best possible player on loan. Billy Gilmour fits Daniel Farke’s tactics to the T and will be more reliable on the ball.
Adding to that, Billy Gilmour has a bit of Premier League experience and has shown that he has the mental strength to play against any opposition.
Just like Norwich City, Wolverhampton were looking to sign Billy Gilmour this summer. They are reportedly set to lose Ruben Neves with the Portuguese star linked with Manchester United or Arsenal.
Signing Billy Gilmour would have covered the gap left by the former FC Porto star. Wolves would have benefitted by using the funds to get other players and use Gilmour on loan for the season.
Billy Gilmour has a future at Chelsea, but it was evident that he would not play regularly at the club this season. He has tough competition Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and a possible new signing in Declan Rice or Aurélien Tchouaméni.
Moreover, Thomas Tuchel is reportedly willing to give Tiemoue Bakayoko another chance at the club. Chelsea will end up being the ultimate winners from the loan move as it would make Billy Gilmour a better player.
Indirectly, Tottenham end up being the losers in yet another transfer deal at Chelsea. They were keen on sending Oliver Skipp to Norwich City this season as they were also looking to slowly ease him into the first team.
However, with Norwich City turning to Billy Gilmour, Tottenham will now have to find another club to loan out Oliver Skipp, and if no Premier League club takes him, they might have to take a while longer before getting him into their first team.
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