Patrick Bamford has completed another loan move away from parent club Chelsea - this time to join forces with Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.
The English striker arrives after a hugely successful loan spell at Middlesbrough where he was crowned - a tad controversially - the Championship player of the season, despite the club falling short in the play-off final against Norwich.
His move to Palace signals a huge step in his career as the now finally seeks to prove that he is capable of competing at the highest level and could be a player that could thrives under Pardew's reign.
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Palace need a goalscorer
In one of my recent posts I stated that the signing of Yohan Cabaye - an excellent piece of business - should be followed with the acquisition of a striker: my choice in the article was Charlie Austin.
This choice may have been a tad overzealous but I did see it as a possible transfer, although Austin's future seems to be nowhere near being resolved - however I feel certain he will seek pastures new.
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Nevertheless the point was Palace for me needed a goalscorer, Glenn Murray performed admirably in this role last season but an upgrade was needed.
Dwight Gayle, despite his reasonably impressive goal record for Palace, has never seemed to establish himself regularly in the first team - which has always seemed strange to me.
With the team becoming renowned as one of the Premier League's improving sides, it seemed logical to me that the next big step was to sign a goalscorer to feed off the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and newest recruit Cabaye.
Patrick Bamford could be just the answer.
Bamford could be that goalscorer
Now I am aware that Bamford is yet to make any impact in the Premier League and his goal scoring prowess has been primarily in the lower divisions - but everywhere he has been the goals have followed.
In 46 appearances in the Championship with Boro and Derby Bamford scored 25 goals, while netting 18 in 33 games after two loan spells with MK Dons.
He is a natural goalscorer, his height (6'2') and deceptive pace make him a defenders nightmare while his finishing ability has been proven on a regular basis - refer back to the previous stats.
These characteristics make him more than suited to lead the line on his own, a role he has performed in the Championship and one he will most certainly have to get used to at Palace.
It is a well-known fact that 21 year old Bamford one day would love to lead the line for Chelsea, however achieving this will be difficult to say the least.
This chance at Palace could finally be the break in his career which puts him on the Premier League map and not just simply one of Jose Mourinho's many after thoughts.
Oh and it will pay dividends for Palace if the goals do come, which I think in my humble opinion, they most certainly will.
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