Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford has revealed that he is happy to remain on loan at Middlesborough for the foreseeable future, and won’t be pushing for a return in January.
The 21-year-old is currently on loan at the Championship side, and told Sky Sports that he is enjoying himself at the Riverside, following his first goal for the club in a fixture in which Boro beat Brentford 4-0.
Currently working under Jose Mourinho’s former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka, Bamford appears to be thriving on Teesside, and has admitted that he would be willing to stay with Boro after moving there to ‘keep his options open.’
“I chose to come here until January because I wanted to keep my options open,” said Bamford.
“The way things are going at the moment I’m more than happy to extend the loan if the opportunity arises. I’m loving it here.
“A lot of the training sessions are similar to those at Chelsea, which isn’t a surprise given the connection between the managers.
“The tempo and intensity are higher than any other loan club I’ve been at and it seems to have paid off with my first goal.”
Despite having never made a senior Premier League appearance for Chelsea Bamford is tipped for a bright future. Naturally the chances of him getting game-time whilst the likes of Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba reside at Stamford Bridge are extremely low, hence why it makes sense that he seek a loan move elsewhere, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be a part of Mourinho’s plans moving forward.
He’s already impressed during loan spells with Derby County and MK Dons and so the opportunity to once more test himself in English football’s second tier will allow him to further prove to his parent club that he is good enough to mix it at the highest level.
That being said the fact remains that Bamford finds himself in a boat rammed with fellow youth talent. Chelsea’s stance when it comes to taking tender players and shipping them out around Europe to allow them to continue their development has worked with the likes of Thibaut Courtois and, to some degree, Romelu Lukaku, but a host of others have found themselves largely forgotten about.
Talents such as Oriol Romeu and Marko Marino have been cast into the wilderness with respective spells away from the Blues, and it now looks as though neither will return to any solid berth. As such Bamford will be wary that he has to do well at Boro if he is to catch Mourinho’s eye.
That might be easier said than done however, with the striker problems that plagued Mourinho last term seemingly firmly a thing of the past. Costa has hit the ground running, after hitting seven Premier League goals in his first five games for the club, and in Remy he has a backup who is sitting in his peak.
It’s no wonder then that Bamford is happy to remain at Boro. A return to Chelsea promises only the bench or another loan detail.