Crystal Palace forward Patrick Bamford says he has a termination clause in his contract which enables him to return to parent club Chelsea after six months in case things don't pan out, The Sun reports.
The former Nottingham Forest man joined the Eagles on a season-long loan in the summer following two successful spells at Championship clubs Derby County and Middlesbrough.
After proving himself a natural goal scorer in the second tier, Bamford joined Palace with the aim of getting valuable Premier League experience in order to boost his Chelsea chances.
The 22-year-old, however, has barely featured - making just three substitute appearances in the league.
Bamford admits it’s a frustration and while he’s not ready to throw the towel in yet, he has made it clear that the option of a return to Stamford Bridge at Christmas could be a possibility.
“I put in a six-month break clause in case things didn’t work out. That would be if the worst came to the worst because at the minute I’m there or thereabouts,” he explained to The Sun.
“It’s not like I’m not involved. If that was the case I’d go back. But I’ve said I wouldn’t give up and that is my mentality. If I’m honest, it’s been frustrating. But I suppose I’ve got to stay positive and not quit.”
While Bamford is a talented player, he is at a disadvantage considering that nobody really knows his best position; is he a striker, a centre-forward or even a wide-player?
Truth be told, the 22-year-old is probably best suited in a two-man attack but very rarely these days do teams opt for a formation consisting of two out-an-out strikers.
At Derby, Steve McClaren played him on the wing whereas Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka alternated his role from a lone centre-forward to a wide forward depending on the opposition.
Palace generally play a 4-2-3-1 formation with emphasis on getting in wide to the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako – a tactic which doesn’t play to Bamford’s strengths.