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Rising stars: Pass-master Gilmour will shine at Norwich

By Adrian Clarke 6 Jul 2021
Billy Gilmour

Adrian Clarke says Chelsea midfielder's loan move to Carrow Road can help him reach next level

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A season-long loan at Norwich City can help the Chelsea midfielder take his game to the next level in 2021/22.

Gilmour has impressed at Stamford Bridge whenever a first-team opportunity has arisen.

His confidence will also have been boosted by a man-of-the-match performance for Scotland against England during the group stage of UEFA Euro 2020.

Moving to Carrow Road appears to be an ideal step for the 20-year-old, who will hope to gain valuable Premier League experience this season.

Gilmour's story so far

Head coach Daniel Farke will hope Gilmour can fill the void left by former Norwich loan signing Oliver Skipp, who has returned to parent club Tottenham Hotspur.

Farke will be preparing for Norwich's season opener at home to Liverpool with a view of Gilmour sitting at the base of midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation, most likely alongside fellow Scot Kenny McLean.

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From that position he can display his growing reputation of having great technical ability and composure on the ball.

Gilmour is also one of the Premier League's hardest-working players. 

Indeed, no player to feature for at least 250 minutes last term spent less of their time walking than Gilmour.

He also topped the list for the highest percentage of time jogging in 2020/21.

Players always on the move*
Lowest time walking Highest time jogging
Gilmour (CHE) 51.3% Gilmour (CHE) 33.7%
Soucek (WHU) 52.5% Soucek (WHU) 36.9%
Milner (LIV) 53.4% Rodri (MCI) 35.9%
Mendy (LEI) 54.0% Milner (LIV) 35.7%
M. Longstaff (NEW) 54.3% Alzate (BHA) 35.6%

* Minimum 250 minutes played

Farke likes his side to keep possession and demands fast movement from his outfield players, both of which will suit Gilmour.

He consistently shows for a pass before efficiently moving the ball on to a team-mate.

Chelsea midfielders' passing stats
2020/21 Passes/90 Pass accuracy
Mateo Kovacic 87.2 90.8%
Jorginho 79.7 89.2%
Billy Gilmour 78.2 88.0%
N'Golo Kante 64.2 86.5%
Mason Mount 53.0 86.4%

Although he made only five top-flight appearances for Chelsea last term, including three starts, Gilmour looked very much at home whenever he featured.

His 88 per cent pass accuracy, at an average of 78.2 passes per 90 minutes, put him third among Chelsea's midfielders. With more regular football we can expect to see him lead the way at Norwich.

Indeed, a full season at Carrow Road will go a long way in helping the talented Gilmour reach the next level.

Gilmour's first day at Norwich
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