Patrick Bamford has had a rather tough time of things since joining us on loan at the start of the season, with the below interview giving an insight into the personal struggles he’s had since making the move from Chelsea.
If you didn’t feel much sympathy for Patrick Bamford until now, this interview is almost certain to change your perspective on the Chelsea man. He’s desperate to succeed, despite the odds being stacked against him in more ways than one.
Far from your stereotypical footballer, Bamford was once offered a scholarship at Harvard university, only to turn it down in pursuit of a career as a professional footballer; a decision that has earned him both admiration and derision from different corners of society in recent years.
Having joined Chelsea at the start of 2012, the striker makes no effort to hide the fact that his overriding ambition in the professional game is to make a mark at Stamford Bridge, leading to loan spells with both MK Dons and Middlesbrough before us, where he quickly became a fans’ favourite thanks to a decent goal return with both clubs.
Sadly, since making the step-up to the Premier League with Crystal Palace, Patrick hasn’t found things quite so straightforward, with Alan Pardew questioning whether or not he has the right mentality to succeed at the top level, having not shown a ruthless streak to his play whenever an opportunity has come his way.
Within the interview attached above, Bamford himself gives his own views on the perception many have of him across the game, readily admitting that his lack of aggression is something he is working on with Chelsea’s own coaches, as he bids to emulate the style of Jose Mourinho’s trusted lieutenant Diego Costa, a man who has never had any trouble in riling the opposition.
Whilst his words do of course offer an interesting perspective on the reasons for his lack of first-team opportunities in red and blue, they do also shine a light on the immense mental pressure that is placed on professional footballers within the modern game; many of whom are simply young adults still finding their feet in the world on a personal level.
Admittedly, the vast amounts of cash and lack of real life pressures won’t lead too many fans into feeling much sympathy for players like Patrick, but on a certain level, we must realise that he is a human being, rather than a robot. It hasn’t worked out for him here so far, but as you can see from the interview he’s given above, it’s not for the want of trying on his part.
Let’s hope he grabs the next chance he is given by Alan Pardew with both hands.