30-year-old forward admits he was nervous before joining Chelsea

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Former Chelsea striker, Patrick Bamford has admitted he was worried about joining the club as a younger player.

Bamford, who’s now 30, spent five years at Stamford Bridge before leaving for Leeds United where he started to play proper first-team football.

While at Chelsea, Bamford was sent on numerous loan moves, including to clubs like Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Norwich City, and he did perform well with all of them.

He recently appeared on the My Mate’s a Footballer podcast, where he stated that he wasn’t sure about joining the Blues.

He said: “I think I was just nervous and like ‘what’s going on’. The whole time I’m thinking ‘what’s going to happen here’. Did all the medical stuff first, and spoke to Jim Fraser who was joint head of the Chelsea academy. I spoke to him and he sold it to me.

“They showed a progression pathway, how they wanted me to develop as a young player and stuff. I had that chat, and had a chat with my dad and my agent, and I was like ‘I’m not sure if I wanna do it’.

“Because I’ve never left home. The young kid in me was [scared]. But if things don’t work out at Chelsea, you fall from a higher ledge.”