Patrick Bamford has had quite the successful season with Middlesbrough.
As a surplus in Chelsea’s current campaign once again, he was loaned to Boro in order to gain valuable first-team experience in England’s second tier. This loan move did exactly what it was supposed to do. It has put Bamford back into the public eye for all the right reasons and even raised some question why Chelsea let him go this year.
Bamford beat Watford’s Troy Deeney to lift the Championship Player of the Year award. The whole point of a loan is to get first team football, and Bamford has thrived. He has 17 goals to his name for the season, including a goal against Manchester City to knock them out of the FA Cup.
But should Chelsea have kept Bamford this season? No, Jose was right to send him out on loan. Bamford’s involvement in Chelsea’s current season has only been brought up in light of the injuries that have faced the Blues’ forwards.
Diego Costa has been on form for the majority of the season, but has equally struggled with injury. Loic Remy himself picked up an injury, but he was not first choice anyway. This just leaves a 37-year-old Didier Drogba, which is not ideal, but Drogba has not done too badly in this role.
This situation of course would call for Bamford. But in reality he would have spent most of this season on the bench. It would have been a hinderance rather than a benefit. No one could have foreseen the current injury ‘crisis’ at Samford Bridge, but Bamford needed to do the best thing for his career.
Will he be back at the Bridge next season? Only time will tell. But following his successful season, it is on the cards. Unless Jose Mourinho decides to invest in a world class forward to avoid another situation like the one he currently finds himself in, it could be Bamford’s time to shine in the Premier League.