Bamford cuts short Palace loan

On-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford insists he has played his last game for Crystal Palace because he's tired of always sitting on the bench.

The 22-year-old was sent to Selhurst Park on a season-long loan in July to continue his footballing education, having impressed for Middlesbrough in a similar spell last term.

Bamford was named Championship Player of the Year after his 17 league goals helped Boro to the play-off final, where they missed out on promotion after losing 2-0 to Norwich.

However, his stay in the capital has not gone according to plan as the Nottingham Forest youth product failed to start a single Premier League game for Alan Pardew's side in the first half of the campaign.

Bamford made his sixth appearance off the bench on Monday when he was brought on at half-time in the goalless draw with Swansea, and he's finally had enough.

"This was my last game for Palace. If I were being honest, it has been terrible. No one wants to sit on the bench and not play," he told reporters after the match.

"It was my decision. The coaches have just found out – I have told them I am going. The gaffer hasn't actually spoken to me. I will go in and say bye now. But I think it will be fine. Shake hands and say it didn't work out. No hard feelings."