Patrick Bamford has never played a competitive game for Chelsea, but fans should start to get excited about his vast potential.
The 21-year-old striker was at it again on loan at Middlesborough today, netting a brace for the Championship title chasers in a 4-1 win over Ipswich Town.
Paid good money
This is the third loan spell for Bamford since Chelsea paid £1.5million to bring the player to Stamford Bridge from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 - big money for the teenager at the time.
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His 21 goals in 44 games at League 1 level with MK Dons was a mark of what might be to come, and he made the step-up to the Championship the following year with Derby County.
With the Rams, he bagged eight goals in 21 league games, and this year it’s been 15 in 34 at the Riverside under Aitor Karanka, who was understandably thrilled with the player’s performance today.
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"Patrick deserves those goals for his work rate and he showed great confidence in the way he took both of them,” said the Spaniard post-match, according to Sky.
It’s difficult to say what the future holds for Bamford, given the amount of players who have been in-and-out at Stamford Bridge in recent times under Jose Mourinho.
The youngster remains hopeful that he has a future under ‘the Special One’ in west London though, insisting he’s been in contact with the manager at his parent club to discuss his personal plan.
“I have discussed my career path with Jose on many occasions and am very happy with it,” Bamford told Sky Sports just over a week ago.
“Everyone’s aim is for me to continue to develop as a player under Jose’s supervision and to have a long and successful career at Chelsea.”
Bamford has done absolutely everything that he could thus far, impressing in both the third tier and now the second. The next step is the Premier League.
If Boro gain promotion this season and Karanka is willing, then the ideal move would be a return to the north to test himself in the top flight. That would be the ultimate test and a chance to showcase his abilities directly to Mourinho.
With everything we’ve seen thus far, you’d expect Bamford to take the top flight in his stride and over time he should get a chance with Chelsea. As Harry Kane has proved at Spurs, young English players can flourish if given the chance.
What do you think Chelsea fans - would you like to see Patrick Bamford given a first-team chance at Stamford Bridge?