Norwich City have completed the season-long loan signing of Billy Gilmour from Chelsea.
Gilmour, aged 20, arrives at City following a successful 2020-21 campaign with Chelsea. He made a total of 11 senior appearances in all competitions, as Chelsea finished fourth in the Premier League and won their second UEFA Champions League title.
North Ayrshire-born, Gilmour made the switch to the Chelsea youth setup from Rangers in the summer of 2017.
In the Chelsea academy, he was part of the side that claimed an U18 Premier League and FA Youth Cup double in the 2017-18 season.
In the 2019-20 campaign, Gilmour’s continued impressive performances earned him the Chelsea Academy Player of the Year award.
He made his first team debut for Chelsea in a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United in the Premier League in August 2019.
In total, Gilmour has made 22 senior appearances for Chelsea.
On the international stage, Gilmour has three senior Scotland caps to his name. He impressed on his first senior start for the national side in a UEFA Euro 2020 group stage draw against England at Wembley.
Gilmour said: “I’m very excited to be here. I can’t wait for the season ahead. I’ve been looking forward to coming here, playing as much as possible and helping Norwich City compete in the Premier League.
“I spoke to the head coach [Daniel Farke] here. He called me and we had a nice talk about how he wants to play and how he sees me fitting in. Everything he said was what I want to do on the pitch, get the ball down and play nice football. He spoke really highly of his team and I wanted to come join here and help.
“There are very exciting times ahead, coming in for pre-season and seeing all the lads. Let’s get to it.”
Head coach Daniel Farke told canaries.co.uk: “We are really happy to have brought Billy in. We must say a big thank you to Chelsea and all those involved for making this deal happen.
“I think it helped that in the past we have shown that young players with potential are in good hands here at Norwich City.
“We are delighted to bring Billy in because we’ve lost some players in that area. We’re looking to improve our options, particularly in the centre of the park, and for that we’re happy to bring Billy in.
“We got the feeling that he can help us a lot with his ability to link the play, his technical qualities and also his work against the ball. From the football point of view, but also from his character he is the perfect fit to our squad.
“He will help us to achieve our targets. We still have to keep in mind that he is an unbelievably young guy and that he hasn’t played regularly on this level. We have to give him some time and space to improve and find his rhythm.
“All in all, we got the feeling that he can help us achieve our targets and he’s a perfect fit for us.”