Sunday 18 August 2019

Patrick Bamford reveals Chelsea's 34 players out on loan have a WhatsApp group

Patrick Bamford scored 17 goals whilst on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough last season
Patrick Bamford scored 17 goals whilst on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough last season

James Orr

One of Chelsea's 34 players out on loan, Patrick Bamford, has revealed that he and his many fellow Blues loanees have their own WhatsApp group.

The huge list of players spending a temporary spell away from Stamford Bridge is more than double that at any other Premier League club. Bamford says the WhatsApp group is so popular it drains his phone battery.

"We've actually got a Chelsea loan WhatsApp group," Bamford, who is currently at Crystal Palace, said.

"The loan department set it up. Sometimes it drains your battery when everyone is messaging each other.

"If someone does something special at the weekend, one of the computer technology guys from the loan department will send it all out after the weekend."

Bamford was crowned last season's Championship Player of the Year as he helped lead Middlesbrough to the brink of the Premier League, losing to Norwich in May's play-off final, but he has yet to start a league game under Alan Pardew. Bamford has revealed that he is still receiving support from Chelsea.

“We have a psychologist at Chelsea who goes around seeing the loan players,” Bamford added.

“And he said every top, top player has a dark side to them. So, someone like Diego Costa, sometimes he oversteps the mark. You can see he plays on the edge.

"He said I had to develop that. It’s not natural for me to be like that – some players might lash out but for me it’s probably more talking to opponents. There are different ways [to do it]. You can get angry but it’s about controlling that aggression."

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