Patrick Bamford discusses getting a chance at Crystal Palace

Bamford has made just one substitute appearance for Crystal Palace so far.

The Chelsea loanee moved to Palace on a season-long loan, and he has spoken to London24 about getting a chance as a number nine under Alan Pardew.

He said: “The manager said to me I’ll get my crack at No9, and when I get it, it’s up to me to keep it. In my head I think I know I can play at this level. It’s just a case of waiting for my chance and then getting myself into it as fast as I can.”

Bamford has made just one appearance for the Eagles so far, appearing as a late substitute in the loss to Arsenal at the weekend.

He was on the substitutes bench for the opening day win over Norwich, and considering all the attacking signings made by Palace over the summer, it is hard to see where he fits in.

Able to play anywhere across the front line, it is clear that Bamford’s best position is as a number nine, but the youngster has to beat off competition from Glenn Murray and Connor Wickham to even get a start.

Considering he is the least experienced one of the trio, it is no surprise that he will have to wait for his chance, but Bamford will have to take it when he gets it.

Bamford has admitted that Pardew has promised him a chance to start as a number nine before too long, and if he can impress, it may mean the Chelsea forward will be Pardew’s first choice striker for the entire 2015/16 campaign.

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