Alan Pardew admits Patrick Bamford’s loan spell will be reviewed in January

Chelsea could recall Patrick Bamford from Crystal Palace in January.

Bamford has played just 16 minutes of Premier League action since joining Palace on a season-long loan in the summer, and Alan Pardew has told the Standard that the deal will be reviewed if his playing situation does not improve any time soon.

Pardew said: “If he does not play any real time between now and January, we will have to look at it [the loan].”

Aside from his short Premier League cameo, Bamford has started one game in the League Cup, and his career has stalled massively since his great season last term.

Arriving on loan at Middlesbrough as something of an unknown quantity, he became a key part of their passage to the Championship Play-Off Final, being named Championship Player of the Season in the process.

He earned a move to the Premier League to try and impress, but clearly he is struggling to come to terms with the division and the rigours that the top flight has in relation to the Championship.

Chelsea have every right to recall Bamford if they feel he is not getting enough game time to aid his development, and so far that certainly appears to be the case. The Blues have contacts with a number of clubs who would willingly take him on loan, and currently a recall looks likely.

Palace will keep ahold of him until the January transfer window, giving Bamford just over two months to try and break into Pardew’s side, but if he does not, then the Eagles will review his deal, and it would be no surprise to see the 22-year-old striker back at Stamford Bridge early next year.

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