Only five teams have scored fewer goals in the Premier League than Chelsea this season - the Blues’ forwards have been in pitiful form over the past four months.
A lack of goals has been arguably the most prominent contributor to Jose Mourinho’s men slumping this year. With a dysfunctional midfield and a blunted attack, the net simply hasn’t been rippling enough for Chelsea.
The Blues are in such a dire situation that the club must be willing to do anything to resurrect their fortunes. Recalling Patrick Bamford from his loan spell at Crystal Palace would undoubtedly be a step in the right direction.
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Costa and co. struggling
Recent criticism of Diego Costa has been rife in the media with the Spaniard seemingly keener to chop down defenders than find the net. Mourinho has shown an astonishing amount of faith in the striker yet he is far from the forward who took the league by storm in 2014-15.
Furthermore, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao have amassed just two league goals between them this season. Chelsea’s strikers simply cannot cut it.
As a result, there is little denying that an extra striker should be brought in during the January transfer window.
Chelsea possesses the financial brawn to hurl millions at a forward in the winter but Bamford offers a far cheaper solution. If Mourinho is able to bring the youthful forward back to his mother-club early, the Portuguese manager won’t have to spend a penny.
Granted, Bamford hasn’t scored at all during his tenure with Crystal Palace. However, the 22-year-old has only been handed five league appearances since joining Selhurst Park so can hardly be blamed for his recent blip.
Moreover, his storming season at Middlesbrough shows the Englishman can produce the goods when provided with a regular run in the side. 19 strikes in 43 caps, even in the Championship, is an impressive return.
After all, with Chelsea’s situation proving so catastrophic, why not?
Bamford would add a newfound energy to the side that has lacked so much desire this campaign. A young, driven forward would bring passion as it would mean so much more to the 22-year-old to make the Chelsea first team.
When Chelsea have deployed their youth players this season, they have a appeared an invigorated outfit; this is shown by Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has been a well of positivity.
Chelsea have neglected their academy players so often in recent years that it’s about time they take note of their youth stars. With the first team reeling off consistently poor performances, never has the time been better.
Even if Bamford was recalled and proved a resounding failure, at least Mourinho could go down trying.
Risk worth taking
Persisting with his jaded stars of last season is proving a footballing disaster. The Portuguese needs to remove the major offenders from the spotlight and add youth players who haven’t been peppered with criticism.
On paper, Diego Costa is of course a more accomplished forward than Bamford, but at least the latter hasn’t had his confidence uprooted by a fresh bombardment of disapproval.
Taking Costa from the limelight would do the Spaniard good and Bamford would have the ‘nothing to lose’ attitude that Chelsea need to capture. The Englishman is a proven finisher and coupled with his youthful effort, could prove a hit for the Blues.
Chelsea have sent Bamford on loan to Palace in order to stimulate his extremely promising career. However, despite his age, the Blues need him more than ever with their current mid-table dwellings.
The only way is up for the Stamford Bridge side and risks need to be taken, so why not use the current situation as reason to deploy youth?
Neither Falcao, Remy nor Costa have delivered the goals this campaign and Mourinho could save himself millions by calling on Bamford.
The Englishman could prove a late season sensation or a monumental disappointment, but either way, with the champions looking more likely to be relegated than retain their title, any idea is a good one.
After all, Chelsea need to show their supporters that they do in fact trust their youth or the club might as well disband the academy. Besides, if Bamford scores a single goal he will have already matched the club’s calamity Colombian, sorry Radamel.
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