Following Scotland’s 3-2 World Cup qualifying triumph against Israel on Saturday, Gilmour took possession of Steve Clarke’s side for the first time. Gilmour was the man who propelled Scotland forward with a combination of deft passing, dogged tackling, brave ball running, and sheer willpower.

His maturity and poise are undeniable, regardless of the situation. The midfielder has never been overawed, from his man-of-the-match performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup in March 2020 to his spectacular effort for Scotland against England in the Euros.

Chelsea have great hopes for Gilmour because of this, as well as his natural aptitude. Tuchel, the current Blues head coach, is a fan as well, which is why the German forbade the academy graduate from departing on loan soon after his hiring in January.

“I wanted him to stay because he has a big impact in training games and his quality is obvious,” Tuchel said during the second half of last season.

“He has a lot of qualities. He is very self-confident in our training games, is very strong on the ball, is a very strong passer, and is very smart in finding positions. He has all abilities, and a physical ability, to play for us.”

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“I had a brilliant relationship with Thomas,” Farke explained in an interview with the Daily Mail in 2019. “We spoke a lot, not only on the surface, but really deep about football and our work.”

Norwich has lost six of their first seven Premier League games, with Gilmour appearing as an unused replacement in three of the last four games.

Concerns over Gilmour’s endurance, which he spent the majority of last season on the sidelines, were one of the reasons offered by Farke last month. That is acceptable, but it does not fully explain why the Scot has only played 90 of the last 360 minutes available in the Premier League.

Gilmour hasn’t been at his best in a Norwich shirt thus far, which isn’t surprising given how easily the Canaries have been pushed aside by opponents. Gilmour is at his best when he has the ball, but he isn’t getting nearly as much at Carrow Road.

Gilmour averaged 74.1 passes per 90 in his few Premier League appearances for Chelsea last season, according to FBRef. At Norwich, it’s down to 50 per 90, with more than half of those coming in his own defensive third.

However, while in Norwich, Gilmour’s shot-creating actions per 90 have increased to 1.54 per 90, and he is also completing more dribbles per 90 (0.77), an underappreciated aspect of his game. His defensive production has risen to 4.26 tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes.