POTY… Chelsea starlet has earned shot

“I don’t have any reason not be at Chelsea, It is my dream to put on that blue shirt and play for them eventually.”

“It will a tough task to break into the first team. Most strikers playing in the Premier League regularly are aged around 23 or 24.

“At at a club like Chelsea they have the money to buy world class strikers like Diego Costa and there’s also that pressure to win trophies, I just have to stick with it, be patient and hopefully my rewards will come”

Championship Player of the Year… Take a bow, Patrick Bamford. The current Middlesbrough hit-man was rewarded for his fine showings at the Riverside with the award over the weekend, beating a host of top names including Troy Deeney and Daryl Murphy. Not bad for a 21-year-old.

As he said above, Bamford has his heart set on returning to Chelsea and making an impact, which is, although ambitious, something he has earned over the course of the campaign.

So, here are FIVE reasons Jose should be sitting up and taking notice…
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When was the last time Chelsea nurtured a youngster?

Terry

When was it? Erm… John Terry? He’s now on the verge of retirement… Nemanja Matic? He had to do it via a spell at Benfica.

Chelsea’s commitment to youth has been patchy at best in recent memory. A few players have broken through, but they’ve usually been forgotten about, sold off or shipped out on loan. The demands for instant success at Stamford Bridge have cost many bosses their jobs – including Jose once upon a time – so it’s understandable that young players are overlooked.

But with FFP now a reality Chelsea are on board with, it looks like the time to at least look into the prospect of promoting talent. Bamford is not Chelsea produced – they poached him from Nottingham Forest – but he’s spent time in their ranks, making him more of a ‘product’ than many of the names in the Blues’ first-team.

He’s scoring goals

19 in total and 17 in the Championship, Bamford knows how to put the ball in the back of the net.

Should Middlesbrough earn promotion, much of it will be down to their on-loan star, who has proven that he’s more than a match for the second tier.

The next step is certainly the Premier League, and more and more players are making the leap between the divisions nowadays – just look at Aaron Cresswell this season at West Ham.

Chelsea have been far from prolific of late, so perhaps Bamford’s goal threat could add another dimension to Mourinho’s side.

Lack of striking options

Drog

A 37-year-old Didier Drogba led the line for Chelsea against Manchester United on Saturday. THIRTY-SEVEN. How can the Champions (it’s going to happen) of England be so short of options that they have to deploy an emergency summer signing in a massive game at the business end of the season?

Diego Costa’s hamstrings are once again on the blink, while Loic Remy’s also laid up on the treatment table, but to have three centre-forward options in a side competing on four fronts each season is mis-management.

Instead of spending to boost these reserves this summer, Bamford could slot in nicely.

Letting players go has bitten Chelsea on the bum

De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne is European football’s most prolific assist maker… sold by Chelsea. Mohamed Salah is shining in Italy… sacrificed by Chelsea to land Juan Cuadrado.

Daniel Sturridge is now arguably England’s best striker. Axed in 2013. There are more examples from the past, too. The London side’s demand for instant success has often seen talented players sacrificed, and Bamford could be the next name.

There’s likely to be no shortage of admirers of the hit-man this summer, and the 21-year-old could shine away from Stamford Bridge…

Home grown quota…

Jose

It may be a little bit horrible to think of quotas and numbers as a football fan, but having home grown players is vital in the modern game.

Premier League and UEFA rules dictate that every team should at least make some sort of effort to field players trained either within the country or team, so promoting a talented star to help ease concerns makes sense.