Patrick Bamford explains what Pardew warned him about before signing for Palace

Alan Pardew

The 21-year-old Chelsea loanee admits he is prepared for a battle to get into the Crystal Palace side.

Crystal Palace striker Patrick Bamford admits Alan Pardew warned him he wouldn't be starting every game before joining the south London side on loan from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.

Indeed, while Pardew promised the youngster he will get a 'fair crack of the whip,' the Crystal Palace boss warned Bamford he wouldn't be guaranteed a starting spot.

And the Chelsea loanee has demonstrated an impressive attitude when it comes to winning that Palace place - he believes in himself and knows it is solely down to him.

The 21-year-old told the Mail: "He told me I wouldn't be starting every game at Palace but that I'd get a fair crack of the whip.

"It's down to me. I believe in myself and believe when I do get a chance I'll be able to keep my place in the team."

Meanwhile, ahead of Crystal Palace's Premier League clash with Aston Villa, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has backed Pardew's side for the win.

Indeed, he feels home advantage will play a big part for the Selhurst Park outfit and has backed the Eagles to prevail over Tim Sherwood's side, despite a start the Villa boss should be pleased with.

Whether Bamford can make an impact against Aston Villa or any other Premier League opposition remains to be seen - but the Crystal Palace forward is certainly ready for the challenge.

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