Chelsea have over 30 players on loan either within England or elsewhere in the European continent, each of them with varied success accounts in their current set-ups. The variability of our current loan policy sometimes can set a player to fail, either due to arriving at a club that doesn't suit you from the get-go or just bad luck, which was the case with the two players that officially made their return to Chelsea today.
Striker Patrick Bamford managed to keep himself healthy throughout the season but failed to get into Crystal Palace's starting eleven even though their striking department are in dire straits this season. Bamford got 299 minutes in 9 appearances made in a team which tactical scheme didn't suit the skills he showed at Middlesbrough in the Championship last season.
Meanwhile, attacking midfielder Christian Atsu didn't have the best luck in his loan spell at AFC Bournemouth as he's still treating a calf injury picked up in November during international duty for the Ghanaian national team. Over the months he spent at the Premier League club, Atsu only managed to get 158 minutes of playing time in 2 appearances.
It's quite unlikely that either player will be integrated into Chelsea's first-team in the current season, with Bamford already drawing interest from some clubs in the Premier League. And only time will tell where they will be heading in the near future.