The summer transfer window isn’t officially open yet, but Chelsea are already pursuing numerous avenues as regards a new striker. The Blues look intent on providing Diego Costa with the prolific deputy he deserves.
Consequently, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the Stamford Bridge side’s other forwards could be on the way out.
Patrick Bamford proves one such threatened striker. With the writing firmly on the wall, the Englishman should fight to secure a Chelsea exit to save his already stalling career.
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Ever since Bamford showed such promise during his Middlesborough spell, his young career has petered out. The 22-year-old hammered home 19 goals in 43 games at the Riverside, but this proves a distant memory now.
Bamford’s attempts to ply his trade in the Premier League have proven far from successful. Both at Crystal Palace and Norwich City the Englishman failed to produce the goods or even muster a solitary goal.
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It’s apparent that Chelsea’s renowned loan system isn’t working for Bamford. Expelling him to a different club around the country every season has only served to hamper his progress.
The forward is undoubtedly talented but a little continuity could be the answer to his struggles. Besides, that evasive first Premier League goal is surely on the cards soon.
All evidence points towards a Chelsea departure. Bamford must consider whether he will really ever break into the Blues’ first team.
The Stamford Bridge side have a reputation for being reluctant to field young players and it took a catastrophic season for them to finally blood players such as Bertrand Traore.
When it comes to clubs that enhance a young player’s growth, Chelsea really aren't the shining example.
If Bamford decides to persist in west London, he will simply be signing himself up for another handful of loan spells. There comes a point where the 22-year-old must surely question the benefit of this.
It’s no surprise the Englishman hasn’t cut it in the Premier League when he’s been given less than six months to settle at the respective clubs.
Besides, with Costa gracing the squad and forwards such as Lukaku potentially arriving, Bamford’s chances of making the first team are laughably slim. In addition, Antonio Conte has no apparent intention to hand the youngster a shot on the biggest stage.
For the sake of his career, Bamford must simply jump ship. A footballer’s career can be short and he cannot afford to be caught up in Chelsea’s loan merry-go-round for the coming years.
After all, the 22-year-old needs to perform somewhere once again before the hype surrounding him fizzles out. With seemingly no motives to remain at Stamford Bridge, Bamford must push for an exit.
It may be a bitter pill to swallow, but taking a step down looks the way forward for a neglected talent of English football.
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