“We will take the decision in January when a decision has to be made and not now,” Thomas Tuchel told a press conference about a possibility of bringing Billy Gilmour back from his Norwich loan spell.
“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.”
Billy Gilmour was loaned out to Norwich in hope that he’d play regularly, but he has not played a minute in the Premier League for over a month.
In that period, Norwich managed to earn two points in five games, compared to zero points in four games with Billy in the team – hardly a dramatic upturn.
It has been reported that Chelsea have an option to recall Gilmour in January. If he remains a fringe played there, it’s hard to see how the Blues do not trigger it.