Patrick Bamford to end loan spell with Crystal Palace and return to Chelsea
Crystal Palace 0-0 Swansea
Patrick Bamford has reportedly opted to end his loan stint at Crystal Palace and return to Chelsea after missing a gilt-edged chance in the goalless draw with Swansea.
The 22-year-old striker is believed to have asked to return to Stamford Bridge, ahead of seeking another loan move in January.
Bamford blasted a point-blank effort straight at Lukasz Fabianski when he should have buried the winning goal at Selhurst Park.
His goalless nine-game stint with the Eagles now looks at an end, despite manager Alan Pardew insisting Palace were yet to talk to Chelsea.
"Strikers will always tell you they need five games," said Pardew of Bamford's form.
"Managers haven't got time for five games. You've got to come in and do it. Patrick nine times out of 10 would have buried that. I can't be disappointed. Maybe he needs that goal to give him that spark."
When asked if Chelsea would recall Bamford in January, Pardew added: "I think it's a conversation we'll have to have with Chelsea, but we haven't had it yet."
Swansea's caretaker boss Alan Curtis admitted he has still not had any direction from club chiefs over a long-term replacement for former manager Garry Monk.
"We're just carrying on," said Curtis. "You'd like to think the club would bring someone in sooner rather than later."
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Hangeland, Souare, Jedinak, McArthur (Mutch 75), Zaha, Cabaye, Puncheon (Lee 71), Chamakh (Bamford 46)
Subs not used: Speroni, Campbell, Ledley, Kelly
Booked: Cabaye, Souare, Hangeland
Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Amat (Bartley 77), Williams, Taylor, Shelvey (Ki 56), Cork, Grimes, Emnes (Sigurdsson 56), Gomis, Barrow
Subs not used: Ayew, Nordfeldt,Montero, Kingsley
Booked: Taylor, Ki
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)