Patrick Bamford will return to Chelsea after deciding to cut short what he describes as a “terrbile” loan spell at Crystal Palace.
The 22-year-old striker was quoted as saying he had asked to return to Stamford Bridge, ahead of seeking another loan move in January.
Bamford blasted a point-blank effort straight at grateful Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski when he should have buried the winning goal late on in the 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.
“That was my last game for Palace,” Bamford revealed.
“If I were being honest, it has been terrible. No one wants to sit on the bench and not play. It was my decision. The gaffer hasn’t actually spoken to me.”
Bamford’s goalless nine-game stint with the Eagles now looks at an end, despite manager Alan Pardew insisting Palace had yet to talk to Chelsea about the player’s future.
“Strikers will always tell you they need five games,” said Pardew of Bamford’s form.
“Managers ain’t got time for five games. You’ve got to come in and do it. But that chance was normally one he would take.
“Patrick nine times out of 10 would have buried that and we’d have got three points. But I can’t be disappointed. Maybe he just needs that goal to give him that spark that strikers need.”
When asked if Chelsea would recall Bamford in January, Pardew added: “I think it’s a conversation we’ll have to have with Chelsea for sure, but we haven’t had it yet.”