Billy Gilmour shows off skills as he performs the 'Maradona 7'
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Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour will be “buzzing” if Frank Lampard takes the Norwich job, reckons former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. Lampard is reportedly set to become the new Norwich boss following the sacking of Daniel Farke last weekend. The Chelsea legend has been out of work since being sacked by the Blues in January.
Lampard gave Gilmour his debut at Chelsea and made public his admiration of the player.
The Scotland midfielder, who only turned 20 in June, is spending this season out on loan at Norwich.
However, he has made just four Premier League appearances to date for the Canaries.
He hasn’t featured in the top flight since the 3-1 loss at home to Watford on September 18.
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Wilshere believes Gilmour would go straight back into the Norwich side if Lampard became manager, giving the player vital experience before he heads back to Chelsea.
“I’ll tell you one person who will be buzzing if [Lampard] goes Norwich – Billy Gilmour,” Wilshere said on talkSPORT.
“He played him at Chelsea, he loves him. He’s going to help him develop as a player.
“I don’t know why [he’s been left out]. I think he’s unreal for his age.
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“He played in the Euros, he played for a big club like Chelsea in big games, and he can’t get in the Norwich team.”
Speaking in January, Lampard insisted Gilmour was ready to play for Chelsea and was not planning to let him leave on loan.
After the FA Cup fourth round win over Luton, Lampard said: “Playing like he did today is making it very difficult [not to give him more minutes] because I thought he was outstanding.
“In the short term for me, looking at things today, he won’t be going out on loan. Of course, we’ll keep that slightly open until the end of the month but Billy is a Chelsea player and the level he showed today highlights why he is a Chelsea player in the middle of the park.”
Lampard was sacked the following day and swiftly replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
Speaking earlier this month, Tuchel insisted they would review Gilmour’s loan spell at Norwich in January.
“I spoke to Daniel [Farke] and Billy about the situation and we will make the decision in January,” Tuchel said when asked if Chelsea may recall Gilmour.
“He left looking for more minutes and game time at another club and the challenge is for him to fight his way through.
“Things are not going as well as he perhaps hoped but it’s not the moment to cancel the whole project or open talks to bring him back.”
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