Alan Pardew explains Patrick Bamford’s absence against Manchester City

The Crystal Palace Eagle

Crystal Palace striker Bamford was nowhere to be seen as Manchester City came to Selhurst Park.

Speaking to London24, Alan Pardew has explained why Patrick Bamford was not named in his matchday squad on Saturday, as Crystal Palace welcomed Manchester City to Selhurst Park.

Pardew said: “Patrick missed out just because of the way I’m doing the subs and mixing the bench up a little bit. It was his turn to miss out.”

Bamford has made just one Premier League appearance for Palace so far this season, making a short substitutes appearance against Arsenal last month.

The striker, who signed on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea during the summer, was always going to find it hard to secure a place in the first-team set-up, but his lack of appearances is a worry.

This was the season that Bamford was expected to push on and show himself to have the quality needed to excel in the Premier League, having enjoyed such a great loan spell in the Championship last term.

He had to sit out of Palace’s victory over Chelsea before the international break, but to not even make it onto the bench against City is a worry.

Pardew does have a host of attacking players to choose from, with Wilfried Zaha, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako and Yannick Bolasie all starting against City, but the head coach prefer to name Dwight Gayle as a substitute ahead of Bamford.

The English Under-21 international is able to play anywhere across the front line, as both a striker and attacking midfielder, and he surely would have been a good option to call upon.

Bamford needs to be playing football on a consistent basis if he is to continue his development, and Chelsea may consider ending his loan deal at Palace if Pardew overlooks the attacker every week.

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