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Chelsea attacker set for Stamford Bridge return after ‘terrible’ time with Pardew

Chelsea talent Patrick Bamford is understood to have called time on his own loan spell at Crystal Palace without telling Eagles manager Alan Pardew.

22-year-old Bamford enjoyed an excellent loan spell at Middlesbrough last term, scoring 17 goals and contributing two assists in 40 outings in the Championship as Boro reached the playoff final.

At the beginning of this season, he moved on a temporary switch to Palace, with the expectation that he would profit from the opportunity to refine his trade in the Premier League.

However, he has only made six substitute appearances for the London side this season—the last of which came in the Eagles’ 0-0 draw with Swansea City on Monday—and has wholly failed to make an impact at the club.

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As reported by The Sun, Bamford has confirmed that he has decided himself that he will no longer be representing Palace and that he has opted to terminate his loan spell with the club.

“This was my last game for Palace,” he began, as per the tabloid. “It has been terrible. No one wants to sit on the bench and not play.

“It was my decision. I would have been more content if I had been given a chance and not taken it.”

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Bamford may also feel that he has a better opportunity of getting playing time at Chelsea following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho and the appointment of Guus Hiddink.

With this season something of a write-off for the struggling Blues, the Dutch coach may opt to make the most of the team’s peripheral players and young prospects, and a returning Bamford may find his first-team prospects improved.