Bamford set to end Crystal Palace loan early and return to Chelsea

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Patrick Bamford has decided to end his loan spell at Crystal Palace early and return to Chelsea in January.

Speaking after Palace’s draw against Swansea City, the striker told the media he would be leaving Selhurst Park after failing to earn consistent playing time under Alan Pardew.

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The 22-year-old striker has made just two starts for Palace since joining this summer, both coming in the League Cup. In six substitute appearances in the Premier League, Bamford has managed less than 120 minutes of action.

Bamford has been with Chelsea since 2012, but has yet to make an appearance for the Blues, spending the past five seasons on various loans.

He was named the Championship’s Player of the Year last season after scoring 17 goals for Middlesbrough, and agreed to move to Palace expecting to showcase his talents in the Premier League. However, things have not gone as planned and Bamford will now return his parent club in the new year.

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It will be interesting to see if Bamford can contribute at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea are thin at the striker position. Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao have failed to give Diego Costa much support, as Costa himself has struggled to produce this season.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has previously stated that “the door is open” for Bamford to return to the Championship side where he was so successful last season, as we still await an official statement from Chelsea on the situation.