Jose Mourinho watches Patrick Bamford for Middlesbrough

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho travelled to Brentford to watch his on-loan striker Patrick Bamford in action for Middlesbrough in the Championship playoffs on Friday night.

Bamford is currently on loan from Chelsea and played an important role as his loan club took a vital 2-1 away win from their trip to the Bees in West London.

Bamford played 89 minutes for Boro, and showed glimpses of his potential but was quiet after taking a heavy knock just after the start of the second half.

The former-Nottingham Forest academy star has bagged 17 goals for Boro this season, and is one of a handful of talented Chelsea youngsters on loan across Europe.

Mourinho is currently assessing his options for next season, with Diego Costa established as the club’s number one striker. However, behind the Spaniard there is real competition for places and potentially an opportunity for Bamford to stake his claim next season.

Loic Remy has battled injury in his time at Stamford Bridge and Didier Drogba is a fading force approaching the end of an illustrious career.

Alongside his assistant Steve Holland, Mourinho watched Bamford’s performance but was also at the game to support his friend and one-time assistant at Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka.

Karanka is the current manager of Middlesbrough and hoping to join Mourinho in the Premier League through a successful playoff campaign.

What do you think Chelsea fans - does Bamford deserve a chance in the Chelsea first-team next season?

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