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Billy Gilmour: Chelsea midfielder to have Norwich medical ahead of potential loan

Billy Gilmour made 11 appearances for Chelsea last season and was handed his full Scotland debut in their Euro 2020 draw with England at Wembley; the midfielder has agreed to join the Canaries for the 2021-22 season and will have his medical on Thursday

ENGLAND, SCOTLAND - JUNE 18: Billy Gilmour  at full time during a Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium, on June 18, 2021, in London, England. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
Image: Billy Gilmour made his full international debut in Scotland's Euro 2020 draw with England

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is to have a medical at Norwich on Thursday ahead of a proposed loan deal.

The Scotland midfielder has agreed to join the Canaries for the 2021-22 season and, having tested positive for Covid-19 while at Euro 2020, he will have a medical following the completion of his 10-day isolation period.

Gilmour starred on his full international debut against England on June 18, producing a man-of-the-match performance in the goalless draw at Wembley.

Chelsea are open to the idea of Gilmour going out on loan to play regularly next season but they see his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

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Charlie Adam says Scotland and Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour now needs more first team football at club level to help his progression, and a loan move could bolster the player's development

The 20-year-old made 11 appearances for the Blues last season, five of which came in the Premier League.

Norwich have already signed goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Kosovo winger Milot Rashica as they prepare for life back in the top flight.

The Canaries' return to the Premier League will begin with Liverpool visiting Carrow Road on the opening day of the season, live on Sky Sports.

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Souness: Gilmour must follow Foden's path

Graeme Souness believes Gilmour should follow Phil Foden's example at Manchester City and remain at Chelsea to challenge for first-team football rather than head out on loan.

Souness told Sky Sports News: "I'd personally keep him at Chelsea. I think Jorginho has to be looking over his shoulder. He'll be challenging him more than anyone else. I look at Phil Foden at City and Pep didn't let him go out on loan.

Billy Gilmour challenges Phil Foden during Scotland's draw with England
Image: Billy Gilmour challenges Phil Foden during Scotland's draw with England

"I look back on my own career and think how did I improve - there was no words of wisdom, no sentence any coach said to me, there was no watershed moment in my career where I turned a corner.

"What made me better? I was 23, went to Liverpool, arguably the best team in the world - certainly the best team in Europe - and I was playing with fabulous players in training every single day.

"I learnt to think quicker, to improve my touch, move the ball quicker and just being around winners - Chelsea have got bundles of them - that will improve him more than playing in a lesser team where it's a battle every week. That's how I see it, Phil Foden is an argument for that."

Foden made 50 appearances in all competitions for City in 2020-21, with the 21-year-old seeing his role increased following the departure of David Silva, while he was often favoured over Raheem Sterling in the latter part of the season.

Billy Gilmour has named UEFA's man of the match against England
Image: Billy Gilmour was named UEFA's man of the match against England

It was comfortably Foden's best season for City, almost doubling his minutes from the previous campaign, while nine goals in the Premier League saw him named PFA Young Player of the Year.

Meanwhile, Gilmour began the season out with a knee injury but went on to make those 11 appearances, starting Chelsea's first four FA Cup games as well as league matches against Fulham, City and Arsenal in May.

Souness believes Gilmour has the potential to become a "fabulous" player, with the Scot only making his international debut just before Euro 2020 in a warm-up fixture against the Netherlands.

"He was willing to take the ball in tight areas," Souness said. "There was so much to admire [against England]. I was concerned about the tempo of the game and was thinking he'd blow up but he didn't.

"He showed real character and wanted to be the boss on the pitch. That's at 20 years old at Wembley in a team that didn't do well in their first game. If that's his level, he's going to be a fabulous little player."

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