Player Interview – Patrick Bamford
Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford, who made his name as a fine goalscorer in the Championship, had reportedly turned down an offer from former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes, to play in La Liga.
David Moyes, who is currently the manager of Spanish outfit Real Sociedad, apparently phoned Bamford to convince him to join the Liga club, but the striker instead chose to sign a season-long loan with Crystal Palace. Even though he has managed only one 14 minute appearance in the Premier League after three matchdays this season, the 21-year-old is sure he made the right choice.
“I was quite keen on the idea (joining Real Sociedad) when I first heard about it. But I spoke to my dad and my agent and realised it was crucial to stay in the Premier League. The thought of playing in Spain did whet my appetite – playing in a new country and everything that comes with it.
But now I think about it, it’s good that I stayed here. It’s the best league in the world, and you need to establish yourself here before you go anywhere else,” said Bamford in an interview to Sportsmail.
Patrick Bamford enjoyed a goal-laden loan spell in the Championship, scoring 17 goals in 39 appearances for Middlesbrough, eventually being awarded the Football League Championship Player of the Year award last season.
However, Bamford realised that it would be tough for him to find game time at Chelsea, especially with the presence of Falcao and Remy, and so decided to go on loan at a Premier League club before considering challenging for a regular position at Chelsea.
“He (Alan Pardew) told me I wouldn’t be starting every game at Palace but that I’d get a fair crack of the whip. It’s down to me. I believe in myself and believe when I do get a chance I’ll be able to keep my place in the team,” said Bamford.
Source – DailyMail
As of now, Bamford is fully focused on earning a regular starting place at Crystal Palace and gaining as much first team experience in the Premier League as possible.
Bamford reiterated that his ultimate aim is to play for Chelsea, while also getting selected in the England squad for Euro 2016, which he believes is a realistic target. Bamford has also had productive loan spells at Derby and MK Dons previously, where he scored a total of 26 goals.
A forward, who knows how to be at the right place at the right time, has always impressed whenever given the chance, and is a very bright prospect for the future. If nurtured in the right hands, Bamford has the ability to be a tremendous asset to Chelsea.
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