The former Scotland international believes the Chelsea star will benefit from his loan move to Norwich.
broke into Chelsea’s senior squad last season, while he secured a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euros. However, the 20-year-old decided to leave the London side on a loan move to Norwich ahead of the next season.
Alan Hutton believes the move will provide Gilmour with enough game time to prove himself as an established star.
"I think he's done the right thing,”
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“He could have sat at Chelsea and hoped to get some game time, but it probably wouldn't have happened. Going to Norwich, they play a certain brand of football that suits him. [Daniel] Farke doesn't change his identity, he wants to play football and I think that suits him.
"For him to go there and flourish and play games, get minutes under his belt, that's ideal for him. He'll want to move back to Chelsea and be a Chelsea player but for me and Scotland, he could be the go-to guy for a long time. There is an opportunity for him to really break through and shine. He has got everything to be a top-class midfielder."
Gilmour reportedly had the chance to choose other teams for his loan move. Hutton believes the player’s decision to join the Canaries is a sign of his strong mentality.
"It shows you the type of guy that he is. I go back to Norwich and Farke, they play a good brand of football, they don't just kick it long, play five at the back and be defensive. I think him going there, it will suit him. They will want to get on the ball, to play and to make things happen. It suits his ability, his skill set, so even if they do struggle this season, they are still going to play a brand of football that suits him.
"It's a good move for him. He probably wanted to get it done nice and early, which he did, and get a good pre-season in, hit the ground running and play as many games as possible. For his development, I think that was key."
Gilmour featured in 12 games for the Blues last season. The young midfielder is set to feature in the Canaries’ Premier League clash against Manchester City on Saturday.
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