Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour subject to foul chant from own Norwich fans in Crystal Palace loss


Some Norwich City supporters let their feelings on Billy Gilmour be known during their defeat to Crystal Palace on Tuesday afternoon.

The Chelsea midfielder, who is midway through his season-long loan spell at the struggling Canaries, has not produced his best form at Carrow Road just yet, but has been a more consistent figure in the XI since Dean Smith was appointed as the club’s manager.

A section of Norwich fans, who were present to see their side be defeated 3-0 at the hands of Crystal Palace, were eager to tell Gilmour go go back to Stamford Bridge in an x-rated chant at Selhurst Park.

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They sang “[explicit] off back to Chelsea” at the Scotland international.

There has been speculation that Chelsea could cut his loan spell at Carrow Road short and bring him back to west London – with Thomas Tuchel confirming in November that it is indeed an option for the Blues.

When Daniel Farke was in charge of Norwich, Tuchel revealed that he had spoken to the former Canaries boss.

Tuchel said: “I spoke to Daniel and Billy about the situation and we will make the decision in January. He left looking for more minutes and game time at another club and the challenge is for him to fight his way through.

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Billy Gilmour is on a season-long loan at Norwich City
Billy Gilmour is on a season-long loan at Norwich City

“Things are not going as well as he perhaps hoped but it’s not the moment to cancel the whole project or open talks to bring him back.

“Sometimes these weeks and months arrive when the situation doesn’t seem to be going the right way – you just have to hang in there and show your quality and make sure you help your team, no matter how.

“That sharpens the character and I am sure it will be a big chapter in Billy’s career.

“It is only the start of November and there are still months to go and a lot of time to prove he has enough quality to help Norwich be a better team.”

New Norwich boss Smith insisted towards the end of November that Gilmour was crucial for his plans this season.

Smith said: “Billy will be very vital to staying up. When you have a player of that talent on loan, you want to get the best out of him.

“We want to utilise the strengths he has and he was part of a good team performance in the second-half. He showed pockets of what he could do in the first-half but we had to see another side to him because we didn’t have an awful lot of the ball, but I think he showed everybody what he can do.”

Source by Football London

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