Former manager Jose Mourinho decided against using Bamford this season—despite the forward’s impressive showings on loan at Middlesbrough last term—and ultimately sent the 22-year-old on a season-long spell to Crystal Palace this season.
However, after only making nine appearances for Alan Pardew’s side—of which only two were starts—the youngster decided enough was enough, and opted to call time on his ‘terrible’ time at Palace, reportedly without telling the manager [The Sun].
The decision appears not to have gone down well with Hiddink, with the Daily Star reporting that the Englishman has been made to apologise for ending his own loan spell.
While there are no shortage of teams keen on the player—the tabloid note that Bournemouth, Swansea City, Norwich City and Boro are all eyeing moves for Bamford—he is understood to be keen on remaining at Stamford Bridge and impressing Hiddink.
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With the Blues in a state of flux following Mourinho’s exit, and with a number of key players grossly underperforming, it may be the ideal time for Bamford to take the opportunity, remain in west London and to look to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge.