Norwich fans tell Gilmour to f*** off back to Chelsea in foul-mouthed chant

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Furious Norwich City fans appeared to turn on Billy Gilmour during their 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace as Dean Smith’s side continued their slide towards to relegation.

The Canaries produced arguably one of their worst performances of the season in a dire first half as Odsonne Edouard scored one and set up another for Patrick Vieira’s side.

Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jeff Schlupp were the other scorers as Palace cruised to their second win in seven games.

Rocked by injuries and positive Covid tests, Norwich were down to the bare bones with Smith missing his entire regular back four. Top goalscorer Teemu Pukki, who had scored five of their eight Premier League goals this season, was also absent.

Norwich fans made their dissenting voices clear in the away end, at point cheering as if they had scored a goal before turning on their own player Gilmour.

The Scotland international, on a season-long loan from Chelsea, appeared to be targeted by a section of fans in the away end during the second half.

The chants were picked up by videos uploaded to social media, in which the fans could be heard chanting “f*** off back to Chelsea”.

Given that Gilmour was the only player on the pitch whose parent club was in fact Chelsea, it is highly likely that these were aimed at him.

It marks a quick change in attitude towards the highly-rated centre midfielder, who had been left out of the side earlier in the season by Daniel Farke.

Previous boss Farke, who was sacked in November, was criticised for leaving Gilmour on the bench too often as Norwich struggled.

The 20-year-old has featured more regularly since Smith took charge and was one of the better performers in Norwich’s victories this season.

But his performances have been placed under scrutiny, with the East Anglian outfit without a win in seven games since their 2-1 success against Southampton.

And Gilmour’s woeful display against Palace put him in the firing line, with disgruntled Norwich supporters clearly happy for him to return to Chelsea in January.

Norwich look resigned to losing their fight against the drop, having failed to score in six of their last seven matches and conceding 15 at the other end.

Smith’s side were also hammered 5-0 in front of their own fans by Arsenal on Saturday, in addition to the 7-0 annihilation at the hands of Chelsea earlier this season.

So it is understandable that the fans are unhappy with how the club are inevitably sliding towards a second relegation in three seasons to the Championship.

They have only collected 10 points from their 19 games so far this season and Newcastle’s draw against Manchester United on Monday leaves them at the bottom of the Premier League.

Norwich will travel to Leicester City on New Year’s Day in what is likely to be another difficult fixture for the Norfolk-based outfit to take points from.

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