Keith Millen admits Patrick Bamford has found it difficult at Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace signed Patrick Bamford on loan from Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

Crystal Palace assistant manager Keith Millen has told the South London Press that Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford has not played much at Selhurst Park because he has found it difficult to adapt to playing Premier League football.

Bamford has had a series of loan moves to Football League clubs in the Championship and League One, but he has never played top-flight football before.

And, with the 22-year-old having made just two league appearances to date this term, Millen admits that he is struggling with the transition. 

"Early on he found it quite a step up as far as the tempo and demands of the Premier League plus the way we play and train. He had to adapt," he said.

“Without doubt he has got the talent - he is a finisher who pops up in good positions. He can score a goal. It’s just whether Alan feels he can put him on as a number nine or as a 10 in the pocket, sometimes we want that pace to run in behind, which isn’t really Patrick’s game.

“He’s been a little bit unlucky and not done a lot wrong. Chelsea will monitor it because they will want to see him having more game time.”

Palace do have a lot of options in their striking department, but they are yet to decide upon their first-choice starter, with Alan Pardew consistently rotating around the front-man.

The likes of Bakary Sako, Wilfried Zaha, Dwight Gayle, Connor Wickham, Frazier Campbell and Yannick Bolasie have all been tested out in the striking role, but nobody has managed to keep hold of the position. 

As a result, Bamford could find a route into the first-team, should he find start impressing in training with the Eagles

Bamford has been a prolific scorer in the Football League, and Palace will be hoping that he can re-create that sort of form, if he does break into their starting line-up. 

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