Everton loanee Christian Atsu is set to return to Chelsea in January, with the Blues believing that he has not played enough football since joining their Premier League rivals.
Atsu is currently stuck on the treatment table for a hamstring injury suffered while playing for Everton, and as a result, is likely to have played his last game for the Goodison Park club.
Roberto Martinez was particularly keen to sign Atsu in the summer, and beat off significant competition for the 22 year old.
Premier League rivals West Ham United, Newcastle and Sunderland all lined up moves for Atsu, but Martinez was successful in his pursuit.
Chelsea assumed Atsu would be playing regular football this season, with the hope that it would aid his development.
However, he has played only nine games, making just one start in the Premier League.
Chelsea could choose to keep him at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season, or loan him out again, according to the Daily Mirror.
Chelsea are likely disappointed that a player who has clearly missed the boat at Stamford Bridge hasn’t been put in the shop window by Martinez. Expect another loan move, if he returns.