Patrick Bamford has taken the surprising decision to personally end his spell on loan at Crystal Palace, after petulantly telling the press that his time in SE25 has been “terrible” from start to finish.
The fledgling frontman had hoped to adjust well to life in the top flight with Palace, after peformiing well with Championship high flyers Middlesbrough last season, but after just four months in South London, the striker has launched a startlingly pointed attack on the situation behind the scenes.
Within his extensive quotes on the subject, attached in full above, Bamford aims digs at the club’s current crop of strikers as a collective, before singling out Connor Wickham. He then goes on to suggest that he “saw through” the reasons that were given as to why he wasn’t being offered a starting role in the Premier League; all of which has made him look a tad deluded, if truth be told.
It is quite astonishing to read such strong comments from a young player who, as of yet, is still to prove himself as being good enough to score goals regularly in the top flight, but having arrived in SE25 with something of a reputation for believing his own hype, it should probably come as little surprise to see him so readily throwing his toys out of the pram.
The long and short of it, is that Bamford has failed to score a single goal in red and blue in exactly 300 minutes of football; a large chunk of which has taken placed against lower league opposition. Regardless of how good he may believe himself to be, the best way of proving a point is to produce the goods when called upon, something that Bamford, on more than a few occasions, has failed to do.
As you will see for yourself, his words appear to suggest that he should have been given the chance to play league games from the start, despite his poor form whenever he was given a chance to shine. Evidently, it doesn’t seem as though Patrick places any of the blame for his failure to impress at his own feet, after a career to date which has never seen him required to fight for a place in the starting XI.
Have a read of his comments for yourself, once you have, you’ll be left in little doubt over why he failed to grasp what it truly means to represent Crystal Palace FC, hunger and spirit are a necessity for our players, two attributes he appears to be sorely lacking.