For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 of the most promising Scottish talents who we believe will have defining 2020’s. Norwich City man Charlie Gilmour is next on our list.
The midfielder joined Norwich in the summer following a spell at Arsenal. He’s currently out on loan at Telstar in the second tier of Dutch football as he looks to gain vital first-team experience.
2020 could be a big year for his career.
Highly thought of
Gilmour made a debut for Arsenal in 2018 in the Europa League. It was a signal that the youngster was highly thought of but they decided to let him move on this year. He was with the club through all his formative years.
Naturally a defensive midfielder, Gilmour has added attacking prowess to his game as his development continues. He was a regular across all levels at the Emirates before his move to Carrow Road.
As an interview with Football London suggests, it’s clear what type of player Gilmour sees himself as. Whilst back at the Emirates, the Scotsman said it was Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla that he looked up to.
He said: “I use both feet and am developing my skills with him as a model. He has such quick feet and can go in any direction – that’s why opponents don’t know what he’s going to do.
“Santi has so much footballing talent but he also has the talent to use it. He gives everything for every minute of every game. That’s why I admire him so much.”
Gilmour’s stint with the Gunners is behind him now though and Carrow Road is his home. After a year in Holland, he will return to Norwich with just a year to run on his contract.
It sets him up for a big 2020. He’s a regular at Telstar, recently featuring against Ajax, and his time there will no doubt top up the senior experience he needs to develop his game further. Continued development there will impress Norwich.
The club’s fate this season could even have a hand in his future. If Norwich stay in the Premier League, it’s likely that Gilmour will be out on the fringes again. If they go back down to the Championship, however, gaps could open up for the youngster.
Regardless of that, he’ll be back in the summer. Between now and then he has to keep performing for Telstar before returning for pre-season, ready to make an impression on Daniel Farke.
Going into the final 18 months of his Norwich deal, Gilmour needs a big year to secure an extension.