Two reasons which make Bamford return to Nottingham Forest difficult

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Would Patrick Bamford return to Nottingham Forest? It may be out of his hands...

Patrick Bamford's next move is the subject of speculation after the striker's loan spell at Crystal Palace was cancelled.

Speaking to The BBC, Bamford explained his lack of game time had been 'terrible', and for now he would return to parent club Chelsea.

Last season's Championship Player of the Year will be keen to avoid a lost season after barely playing for Palace, and his next move remains in question.

Nottingham Forest fans on social networking Twitter have been debating the return of their former youth starlet on a loan deal, to see if a mutually beneficial deal can be reached.

Forest are in need of a goalscorer with Britt Assombalonga still sidelined, while Bamford needs regular football.

Here are two reasons why a move may be unlikely...

Chalobah and Kane effect?

Recent loan spells between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest have not worked out well. Nathaniel Chalobah was regarded as one of the Blues bright hopes before a loan to the City Ground, after excellent performances at Watford. He did not play well enough to hold down a regular starting place, and his spell was cut short early.

Last season full back Todd Kane signed for Forest mid-season, but fell out of favour after manager Stuart Pearce was sacked, making just eight appearances between December and May. The combination of both failed spells may well convince Chelsea that Bamford would have better luck elsewhere.

Competitive enough?

Forest's ambition this season has been curtailed by the transfer embargo, and it is to their credit that they remain a healthy 15th in the Championship table. Last season Bamford was featuring for play-off contenders Middlesbrough, who would almost certainly be keen on bringing him back.

It is more likely that Bamford re-joins Aitor Karanka's side, or another team in and around the play-offs, while a Premier League loan is also an option. Just because his spell at Crystal Palace did not work out, does not mean he would suffer similar frustration at Bournemouth, while Chelsea could even look to utilise him themselves as they try to rebuild for the future.

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