As I write this, Patrick Bamford lashes in yet another goal for Derby, taking his tally for the season to 21 goals (for his two loan spells).
I think you'll all agree that's a pretty good record for a player who has plied his trade for both MK Dons and, more recently, Derby.
With the Chelsea striker conundrum rumbling acrimoniously in the background, the question remains as to what to do with Bamford next season.
I think that Bamford should remain at Chelsea, and play at least some first-team football under Jose Mourinho. He should play a few games in the cups for definite.
Think about it, Demba Ba wants to leave the club, and personally I think it's about time he did. Samuel Eto'o may not even be around next season, with his contract due to run out, he could be on his way to Mallorca.
And that leaves just Fernando Torres, who I feel should stay at the club. Romelu Lukaku is also set to come back. If Bamford was part of Chelsea's squad that would mean three worthy strikers, and they could also sign another for cover.
The lad is only 20-years-old and far from his prime, but he remains a real talent and we must remember Wayne Rooney starred for Manchester United first when he was just 18.
There's no reason why Bamford wouldn't succeed playing in Chelsea's first team, I see no reason at all. It's quite obvious that Bamford is a brilliant player, just waiting for the opportunity. He could easily emulate the success Rooney has had at United.
Personally, I don't believe Chelsea give home-grown youth enough of a chance to succeed and I for one would love to see what Bamford could do playing for Chelsea at the top level.
Disagree? Tell me why? Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments box below.
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