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PATRICK BAMFORD: I FEEL READY TO GO

5 February 2016

Forward in contention for first inclusion in City squad

PATRICK Bamford feels ready to seize his chance if handed an opportunity when Norwich City visit Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (3pm).

The striker is in line for his maiden inclusion in a matchday squad submitted by Alex Neil, precisely seven days on from completing a loan switch to the Canaries from Chelsea.

Speaking to the media at Colney Training Centre on Friday morning, Bamford said: "Everyone knows it's a big game but we'll try to take the pressure off.

"We have to take it in our stride in order to do as well as we can. Aston Villa need to win, and it's the same for us really.

"Every point you get this season is massive. I'm excited by the challenge of a relegation battle as it's a new thing for me.

"Last year at Middlesbrough I learned a lot about playing for the team more than for myself, so hopefully that will help."

The 22-year-old is eager for a swift return to the form which saw him named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year last term, following a period of limited opportunities while on loan to Crystal Palace.

"It was frustrating to not have played as much as I would have liked, but I've learned from the situation," he explained.

"I feel ready to go, so hopefully I'll be involved in some form. Every striker here has their own qualities, and there are certainly things I can pick up from the others.

"Hopefully that will stand me in good stead to improve as a player. From what I've seen so far this season Norwich have created plenty of chances, so that suits my style of play well.

"I feel like I've got something to prove here but I'm not putting any pressure on myself."



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