Patrick Bamford announced that he will be terminating his loan spell with Crystal Palace, but is unlikely to find the first-team football he craves at his parent club Chelsea.
That is because new manager Guus Hiddink has no plans to introduce him into the first-team setup, meaning the young striker is likely to leave Stamford Bridge on another loan spell in the January transfer window.
This is according to the Telegraph, who also claim that Chelsea are seeking talks with Crystal Palace over the treatment of Bamford. The 22-year-old has yet to start a Premier League game for the Eagles since arriving in the summer and appeared from the substitute's bench just six times.
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Having scored 17 times for Championship outfit Middlesbrough last season, there was a hope amongst Chelsea coaches that he could prove himself in the top flight, but Alan Pardew has never given him the opportunity to shine.
Luckily, there was a clause in the original loan deal that allows Chelsea to terminate the deal if Bamford failed to appear in 50 percent of games, which, of course, he has not.
However, another loan deal, possibly to Middlesbrough, looks most likely because Hiddink has no room for him in his current squad. That is despite the fact that Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao have all failed to impress this season.
Premier League move
Bamford is keen to stay in the Premier League and there is reported interest from both Norwich and Bournemouth. What is sure, wherever he ends up, it will certainly be better than his situation at Crystal Palace.
“I think I have got to be open to all options,” Bamford said. “Ideally, I want to stay in the Prem and I think they are a few options to stay in the Prem so now it is about assessing which is best and we will go from there. I think after New Year go back with Chelsea and then take it from there. It is up to me to work hard then and see what happens.”