Crystal Palace need a new striker in January, if Patrick Bamford is recalled by Chelsea

Crystal Palace will have to bring in a new striker if Bamford returns to Chelsea.

According to a report in the Evening Standard, Chelsea are considering recalling Patrick Bamford from his loan spell with Crystal Palace, due to doubts about the lack of football he has been playing with the Eagles.

This comes as no surprise, considering this move was meant to be central to Bamford’s development, and he has managed just 16 minutes of Premier League football so far this term.

Alan Pardew has even favoured the likes of Frazier Campbell and Dwight Gayle ahead of him, which says a lot about how much faith the manager has in Bamford’s abilities.

Despite his lack of first-team impact, if Bamford does leave Palace, Pardew needs to move to bring in another striker in January to make up for his loss.

When Bamford was signed, it was to compete with Connor Wickham for the starting striker’s role, as well as Marouane Chamakh when he is back from injury.

Considering Bamford has not been selected, Pardew has left himself with just one first-team striker in Wickham, and was left in a lurch when he was injured.

Pardew looked at using Yannick Bolasie as a striker in a failed experiment, before playing Gayle - who was expected to leave the club over the summer.

In essence Pardew has chosen not to play his second choice forward, and if Bamford returns to Chelsea, the Eagles’ boss needs to sign a top class striker in January to compete with Wickham for the starting XI role.

Without this striker, Palace may fall short of their ambition to qualify for Europe this season, with an injury to Wickham severely impacting upon their on-pitch performances, and no one to back him up in the squad.

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