Alan Pardew: Patrick Bamford needs to “harden as a professional”

first_img “When you take a young player, you’re always hoping that it’s going to happen. It just didn’t work out. “Of course I think there’s a Premier League player in him – I wouldn’t have taken him on otherwise. “You have to understand that to jump into the Premier League in a team that’s doing well….it’s not like we’ve struggled this year. We’ve done very, very well. “People keep saying that our strikers haven’t scored but Yannick Bolasie has four goals through the middle. “Our strikers have scored. Connor (Wickham) has been terrific when he’s played. They’re good players to get in front of for a young player.” Pardew bears no grudge towards Bamford for his negative remarks at the start of the week. “He was a little bit emotional after the game and maybe he said some things that he regrets a little bit,” he said. “We have no problem with that. We all get emotional. I’ve said some bloody stupid things after games.” Patrick Bamford returns to Chelsea upon completion of his disappointing loan spell at Crystal Palace with advice from Alan Pardew that he needs to “harden as a professional”. Pardew insists Bamford, who excelled when on loan at Middlesbrough last season, was given “every chance” to make an impact at Selhurst Park and believes he will have learned an important lesson “Being lightweight is not a criticism I’ve heard or noticed in his game. He’s just not hardened yet,” Pardew said. “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 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.” Bamford’s spell at Palace was ended by the terms of the loan deal that had initially earmarked him to spend the entire season in south east London. “There was a break clause that if he didn’t play a certain number of games, Chelsea had the option to call him back. They’ve exercised that option,” Pardew said. “Really and truly, it only became apparent for me in the last three or four weeks that that might happen. Bamford made only nine appearances for the Eagles and was given just two starts, both of them in the Capital One Cup. The 22-year-old forward complained after Monday’s goalless draw with Swansea that his five months in south east London had been “terrible”, a comment he has since retracted with an apology. Press Associationlast_img read more

NetEnt AB confirms job cuts at Stockholm home office

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share The governance of industry games developer NetEnt AB has confirmed that it has undertaken its first organizational streamline, which has resulted in job-losses of 55 positions within its Stockholm headquarters.   The Stockholm-listed enterprise released a statement, outlining that it has taken action to ‘optimise its operations’ with a viewing of enhancing its game production output.The restructuring of NetEnt’s home operations has been undertaken at a cost of circa SEK 25 million (£2.2 million).Focusing on game/content output, NetEnt governance further confirmed the company would close its virtual reality projects, booking the initiative as a SEK 5 Million (€500,000) ‘write-down’Issuing a short notice,  Therese Hillman, Group Chief Executive of NetEnt AB  commented on the update:“By decentralising our operations we take another step towards a new NetEnt, where customers and players are in focus. The new organization will have clearer responsibilities and more emphasis on value-creating initiatives.“We are pleased to see the performance of our new game releases so far in the fourth quarter as we continue to diversify our game portfolio. Going forward, we increase the pace of output and expect to release 30-35 new games in 2019.” Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020last_img read more