Currently performing under new gaffer Guus Hiddink, the Blues have made a decision of recalling their loaned duo. As per reports, the London club has called back two players to end their loan spells on an early note. Patrick Bamford and Christian Atsu are back at Chelsea after the former Premier League champions announced that the duo has terminated their contract early.
Bamford was loaned to Crystal Palace but failed to start a single game at Selhurst Park. Atsu was sent to Bournemouth on loan where he too struggled to break into Bournemouth’s starting XI before sustaining a stress fracture to his back in October.
In December, Bamford had told the media that he would shorten his loan spell to a mere span of five months as he termed it to be ‘terrible’. Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew said Bamford who excelled on loan at Middlesbrough last season, was given “every chance” to make an impact at Selhurst Park, and “needs to harden as a professional.”
The Blues decided to recall Atsu in January due to concerns over his lack of playing time. The news over their inclusion in Hiddink’s current squad remains unsure. It is not known if the duo will join other clubs on loan until the end of the season, or be added to Guus Hiddink’s first-team squad. According to statistics, 19 of Chelsea’s 32 loanees played less than half of the available minutes at their loan clubs up until December, spending more time off the pitch than on it in the first half of the season.