When the Championship player of the year failed to make it at Chelsea this season, several eyebrows were raised.
Few criticised Jose Mourinho for pursuing the United flop Radamel Falcao ahead of Patrick Bamford as a backup to Diego Costa. The echos of “Chelsea isn’t the right club for young players” were heard on televisions and radios. But what these geniuses failed to understand is that Premier League is a big step-up from the Championship and it takes time for a young player to settle in the most competitive league in the world.
Patrick Bamford, right now on loan at Crystal Palace, is certainly finding it the hard way!
Bamford started for the Eagles during their 4-1 win over Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup yesterday. The Englishman certainly looked to be struggling up top, while Alan Pardew’s side registered an easy win.
Talking to the press after the game, Alan Pardew acknowledged Bamford’s struggle but was also pretty supportive of the 21-year-old:
“I didn’t think he had his best night, Patrick, but he’s a good player,” said Pardew. “He’s finding the level here is a little bit higher than Middlesbrough, to get into that team. “And when you’re not playing week in, week out like he was at Middlesbrough, it’s hard for young players. I felt a little bit sorry for him tonight, he wasn’t at his best.”
Source – SkySports
“Level here is a little bit higher than Middlesbrough”. That’s the thing, ain’t it? Crystal Palace is a Premier League side and obviously Bamford will have to develop his game further if he wants to start week in week out at Palace or maybe even make it at the Bridge someday.
Hopefully, Patrick can work on his hold-up play and contribute more than just goals to have a chance at Chelsea!
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