Thomas Tuchel has urged Billy Gilmour to fight for his place at Norwich City and insists Chelsea will not yet make a decision over ending the midfielder’s loan in January.
The 20-year-old was keen to leave Stamford Bridge in order to secure more playing time but his progress at Norwich has stalled after an encouraging start.
Gilmour has failed to make an appearance for Norwich since September 21 and could now return to Chelsea in the upcoming transfer window.
But Tuchel believes Gilmour still has plenty of time to improve his own situation at Norwich.
‘We will take the decision in January when a decision has to be made and not now,’ Tuchel said.
‘In general, I spoke with Daniel [Farke] about it and was happy to meet Billy around the match at Stamford Bridge.
‘The things were clear when we decided together that he is looking for more minutes and more game time at another club, the challenge was clear, that he needs to fight his way through and this is where he is right now.
‘Things are not going as he maybe wishes for, or as we all wish for, but it’s not the moment now to give solutions and cancel the whole project.
‘Sometimes these weeks and months arrive where the situation seems to be stuck or it seems to not go the right way, you have to hang in there, you have to show your quality and you have to make sure you help your team no matter where it is.
‘That sharpens your character and that will be a big chapter in your career and it’s the same for Billy.
‘For me right now not the moment to already give solutions for January and open the talks to bring him back.
‘Now is the start of November and there are still months to go and still a lot of time to prove that he has enough quality to help Norwich be a better team.’