Patrick Bamford gives away details of his recent meetings with Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew

Patrick Bamford joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan from Chelsea over the summer.

Crystal Palace striker Patrick Bamford has revealed in the London Evening Standard and Croydon Advertiser that Alan Pardew has been telling him to get more aggressive.

Bamford moved on a season-long loan to Palace over the summer, but he has struggled for first-team opportunities so far and has played just three times in the Premier League to date.

During those appearances, Bamford has failed to make much of an impact, and the youngster says that Pardew keeps telling him to be more forceful in his style.

“I have been doing all I can to get in the team and, hopefully, with the work I have been doing over the last few weeks I might get a few more chances,” said Bamford.

“There was a bit of a discussion with the manager over what position I would play. Once we sorted that out, he wanted me to be more aggressive. He sat me down the other day and said he had seen more of that from me, so he said I deserved a start."

This season is Bamford’s first taste of life in England’s top-flight, and the transition period seems to have been a difficult one for him.

The Chelsea-owned youngster has shown himself to be a frequent scorer at Championship level in recent campaigns, but he hasn’t looked anywhere near as dangerous against Premier League defences.

In his latest appearance, against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, Bamford was miles off the pace, and was guilty of missing a great opportunity.

It means that he will have to improve if he wants to win a regular starting place in Pardew’s team, with Palace fans starting to show their dissatisfaction at his performances.

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