Struggling Striker Looks All Set To Return To Chelsea In January

0 Posted by - October 16, 2015 - News

Patrick Bamford is looking more and more likely to return to Chelsea in January, after Alan Pardew admitted that neither the player or his parent club were happy with the progress he’s been making in SE25.

Pardew’s words here seem to suggest that Bamford is set to go back to Chelsea in January

Initially joining us with the intention of gaining a regular starting place in the Premier League, the former Middlesbrough loanee has failed to impress the management staff at Selhurst Park, playing just 16 minutes of Premier League football since making the switch in August, leading many to suggest that it would be better for all parties to cut their losses and go their separate ways.

Bamford’s plight hasn’t gone unnoticed, with both Keith Millen and Alan Pardew making direct references to the striker’s struggles when pressed for some context on the reasons behind his absence from the side, but as of yet, it doesn’t look as though he will be given the chance to prove any doubters wrong, with Pardew likely to stick with Dwight Gayle at the head of the side for the visit of West Ham tomorrow.

In many ways, Bamford isn’t solely to blame for his exclusion from the first-team, given the tactical approach we’ve adopted over the first few weeks of the 2015/16 season. Playing with a lone striker, flanked by a bevy of attacking midfielders, Patrick has seen his opportunities limited at best, with the likes of Gayle and Connor Wickham immediately jumping ahead of him in the pecking order as a direct consequence of their greater experience at Premier League level.

Pardew could easily call upon Bamford’s display at home to Shrewsbury as proof that he simply isn’t ready to lead the line for us from week to week and be backed to find the net regularly, but similarly, both of the aforementioned frontmen are still waiting for their first league goals of the campaign; leading Bamford to the feasible suggestion that he’s equally deserving of a chance to shine on the biggest of stages.

In reality, Patrick’s stint with us will probably go down as a mini-experiment gone wrong. There’s no need for any malice from either side, simply an acceptance that things could have easily been different were the player to have got a little bit of luck early on, rather than finding himself stranded on the bench for the vast majority of the early season fixtures.

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1 Comment

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh October 16, 2015 - 11:47 am Reply

    Strange one, with Wickham’s injury and Gayle not finding the net you would think he had a good chance of playing. I think what has gone against him is that despite being 6ft3 he isnt very physical so Gayle and Campbell’s pace is a better option when the target man is injured.

    Dissappointed because he looked very technically gifted at Boro and is very different to the options we have. As you said a failed experiment but maybe he should be given at least a few minutes if we are winning comfortably or chasing the game.

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