Listen to any Chelsea fan who has seen Billy Gilmour play, and they will tell you he is a gem. The former Rangers academy boy left the Ibrox club in a flash to move to Stamford Bridge. The chance to play and train at one of the best academies in the world was a clear indication of what Gilmour had in mind.
Despite the Gers offering him the chance to play regularly, it did not happen, and he chose to move on as a teenager to the Premier League.
However, while the young Scot has impressed in his many cameos for Chelsea, and was even on the bench for their UEFA Champions League win, he is yet to really make it at Norwich City. A season long loan was agreed, but the Canaries were very quickly shown to be short of the level expected in the top-flight.
As such, relegation already looks a near-certainty and coach Daniel Farke, under pressure, has stopped giving a chance to Gilmour.
Indeed, the Scot has not played in the Premier League since September and looks increasingly frustrated. With key games for Scotland coming up, Gilmour will need to be playing regularly if he wishes to help his country reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup. At the moment, though, Norwich are in preservation mode and look to have given up on the idea of giving exciting young talent like Gilmour minutes.
The hope was that Norwich would play a front-geared attacking style that would suit the youngster. So far, though, it has not worked out and the frustration is clear to see. So much so that reports suggest that if Farke stays on then Gilmour will be recalled in January to avoid wasting his season.
Will Daniel Farke be moved on? Will his exit help Gilmour?
While it would be fair to say that Farke could be giving more time to Gilmour, he has to look after himself. A coach who could be sacked always wants to get players on the pitch they can trust, and a young loanee is always the hardest player to put faith in.
As such, Farke is keen to put out a midfield who can do the basics as opposed to anything extra. This has led to Gilmour being dropped, as his own performances so far were unable to live up to the expectation set out for him.
If Farke were to be sacked, though, there is nothing to say it would help Gilmour. Norwich would likely appoint a short-term firefighter who is even less likely to make room for an exciting ball-playing midfielder.
At the moment, then, the entire move looks to have been a mistake. Farke was quick to find out that his second attempt at success with Norwich in the top flight is likely to end in failure. This meant making time for a young player on loan was a hard thing to justify. As it stands, the best thing for all parties concerned would be for Gilmour to return to London and take it from there.