Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew claimed Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford needs to “harden up” as a professional to finally become a REAL Premier League player.
The 22-years-old spent a successful loan spell last season at Middlesbrough, but it was not the same in these first months of 2015/2016 season at Selhurst Park.
It was almost a nightmare for him, he claimed the experience was “terrible” so he asked to come back to his parent club, Chelsea, next Crystal Palace’s rival in the league on Sunday.
“Being lightweight is not a criticism,” claimed Pardew about Bamford.
“I’ve heard or noticed in his game. He’s just not hardened yet,” PA quotes Pardew as saying.
“He needs to harden as a professional. This experience will harden him. He’s trained well and tried to get into the team. That’s hardening your mentality.
“At Middlesbrough [last season] he was playing every week and training every week, it’s all good and flows nicely.
“But it hasn’t flowed here, it’s a different experience. You’ve got to fight and this will harden him up.”