The Evening Standard has reported that Chelsea are ready to recall Patrick Bamford from Crystal Palace due to his lack of first-team football with the Eagles, having played for just 16 minutes of Premier League action.
It has turned out that Bamford made the wrong choice to move to Palace over the summer, considering a large of number of teams wanted to bring him in on a season-long loan after his impressive campaign with Middlesbrough.
However, he opted for the Eagles, and his decision has not been rewarded.
With his Chelsea return impending, it is expected that the Blues will then look to send him out on loan again to continue his development, and a Premier League side is the preferred destination.
With this top flight ambition, there is one Premier League side who should move for Bamford, having wanted to sign him on loan in the summer - Aston Villa.
The Daily Mail reported back in April that Villa wanted him to bring some attacking threat to their severely depleted side, and the 22-year-old is still needed - with Tim Sherwood’s side still struggling in the final third.
Bamford possesses all the traits which would fit him perfectly into Sherwood’s system, making him a perfect signing.
Whilst naturally a central striker, the youngster has performed well on the wings before in his career, and is a real energetic live wire, always looking to score or create for his teammates.
He may not be the target man that Sherwood wants through the centre, but in a wide position in his favoured 4-3-3, Bamford would be perfect for linking play between the midfield and the offence - a problem that has plagued Villa’s play this term.
There are no doubts about his composure in front of goal, and it is hard to see why Alan Pardew has not been convinced by Bamford this season.
Villa need to bring some form of attacking and goalscoring threat to their side, and Bamford could be the perfect choice to ensure Sherwood has the best chance of keeping his job - and keeping Villa in the Premier League.