Summer signing Patrick Bamford has been promised the chance to prove himself as a number nine in the coming weeks, after seeing both Glenn Murray and Connor Wickham given starts against Norwich and Arsenal.
The Chelsea loanee got his first ever taste of Premier League when coming on as a substitute against Arsenal in the latter stages of last weeeknd’s defeat, but after a successful spell in the Championship with Middlesbrough last season, the frontman is desperate to secure a starting role in the near future.
Speaking to the press recently, Bamford admitted that he had been given assurances over his role in the side by boss Alan Pardew, who now has a host of attacking options to choose from.
In my head I think I know I can play at this level. It’s just a case of waiting for my chance and then getting myself into it as fast as I can. The manager said to me I’ll get my crack at No9, and when I get it, it’s up to me to keep it.”
Although Palace have splashed a vast amount of cash on Connor Wickham, it’s fair to say that Bamford’s game will bring something to the table that few others can. Standing at 6″3, the still young striker has real confidence in his own ability, with a burning desire to showcase his talents rapidly in a bid to impress Jose Mourinho.
Whilst he’s unlikely to beat off the likes of Wickham and Murray to secure a regular role as Palace’s lone striker, his style should make a real difference to us throughout the season, as we navigate our way through all manner of tactical conundrums. For some, it may seem like a touch of overkill from Pardew, given the fact that we’re likely to use just one striker for the majority of the campaign, but in many ways, strategic variety is what enables managers at every level to coax out results in any circumstance.
Regardless of the short-term nature of our deal for Bamford, it could and probably should work out well for all parties.