On loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford was left out of Crystal Palace’s squad to face Manchester City intentionally by manager Alan Pardew, rather than missing the game through injury.
Despite £9 million summer signing Connor Wickham being unavailable for selection, Pardew decided to let Yannick Bolasie lead the line, whilst Dwight Gayle sat on the bench. Bamford, much to everyone’s surprise, was omitted from the squad for matters of consistency in the selection process.
It’s fair to say that the frontman hasn’t enjoyed the best of starts to life in SE25, making just one Premier League appearance to date when coming off the bench in our home defeat to Arsenal. His only start in red and blue came when we hosted Shrewsbury in the second round of the Capital One Cup, but, partnered with Gayle at the head of the side, the 21-year-old failed to make any sort of impact.
Whilst Pardew’s words over Bamford’s absence from the match day squad may have an element of truth to them, you would naturally assume that, as a striker, he would have been included against Pellegrini’s City, had the manager felt he had something to offer us in the final third.
Of course, with more strength in depth that ever before it’s easy for Pardew to spin a line like that with a degree of conviction, but when you consider that Fraizer Campbell (who is widely tipped to be heading out on loan in the next week or so) earned a place on the bench, alarm bells start to ring.
Perhaps we’ll see him back amongst the substitutes at White Hart Lane in place of the aforementioned Campbell, but for now, you would imagine that the Chelsea youngster is hoping for a lucky break or two in his bid to dazzle the Palace boss.