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

Ikpeba Expected at Universal White Hall Inter-house Sports

first_img“Over the years, we have invested so much in the psychomotor aspect of our educational scheme. We involve the students and pupils in indoor games such as Scrabble, Chess, Basketball, Volley ball, Table tennis, Taekwondo and outdoor games such as athletics,” observed the statement.With the team “FOOTPRINT 2020,” this year’s inter-house sports competition is to be chaired by the M.D/CEO of Smarthek Security Consultancy.Other Special Guests of Honours include, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo and officials of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).Apart from the regular events where athletes will compete for glories, there are lots of side attractions for the day which include; colourful Opening Ceremony; Parents’ Match Past, Horse Parade and Special Orchestra by the Police Band.Universal White Hall School is an international co-educational institution fully accredited by both national and international examination bodies running Nigerian and British curricular. The school also runs both primary and secondary schoolsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles forward and 1997 African Footballer of the Year, Victor Nosa Ikpeba, is among the dignitaries expected to grace the inter-house sport competition of the Universal White Hall School.According to a press statement issued by the school, the event is scheduled to hold on March 11, 2020 at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.It also stressed that the competition is aimed at inspiring the pupils and the students to make maximum impact not just in the area of sport but also in other areas of endeavours.last_img read more