Patrick Bamford has served a timely reminder to his Premier League suitors after scoring twice on Tuesday afternoon.
The 22-year-old striker, who is a target for Swansea and Bournemouth, netted a brace for Chelsea’s Under-21s in 5-0 friendly win over QPR at Cobham.
Bamford, is not allowed to appear competitively for Chelsea at any level if he is to move out on loan to another top-flight club before the end on the month.
FIFA rules specify a player can only appear for two clubs, in competitive games, in a season. So Bamford could still spend the second half of the campaign in the Premier League or abroad, alternatively Chelsea could send Bamford on an emergency loan to a Football League club if they did field him in a competitive game.
The former Middlesbrough loan man recently returned from a loan spell at Crystal Palace, but he did not start a Premier League game and Alan Pardew claimed he needed to “harden up”.
Swansea and Bournemouth have been tracking the player, who is believed to be keen to get some game time in the top flight.