Alan Pardew has called out the media for false reporting following suggestions that Chelsea have been in touch with Crystal Palace over the immediate future of Patrick Bamford.
Clearly frustrated at the tone of the reports regarding the game time that the Blues striker has been given so far at Selhurst Park, Pardew has highlighted the reason for his annoyance, ahead of what will be a hectic few weeks for the Eagles.
Without the services of Dwight Gayle (suspension) and Connor Wickham (injury) for this weekend’s trip to Leicester, the boss may have his hand forced into selecting Bamford as part of the starting XI, thus nullifying the claim that the Chelsea loanee won’t have been given the chance to impress in red and blue on Pardew’s watch.
It’s worth noting that, although he is yet to start a Premier League game for us, his performance in the Capital One Cup tie against Shrewsbury, where he was given a place in the starting line-up was less than impressive, leading the vast majority of fans to question whether or not he was capable of leading the line in the top flight.
Whilst Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has claimed that Bamford will always be welcome back at The Riverside, it’s worth noting that their game revolves far more heavily on possession than our own, with his style perfectly suited to it. Along those lines, it would be unfair to compare the two clubs, particularly when you take the jump from Championship to Premier League into consideration.
Put quite simply, Alan Pardew has every right to have got a little testy when questioned over Bamford’s situation, given the fact that the media appear to have directly lied about the extent of Chelsea’s discontent.