Transfer News: Bamford Goes Out On Loan
Posted by Daniele Accurso | Published on August 30, 2016
With deadline day fast approaching, those fringe players looking to make a name for themselves start popping up in the news, with Patrick Bamford being no exception. During his four and a half year stint at Chelsea so far, the talented youngster has never made a first team appearance. Moving onto his sixth different loan club during his times with the blues, Patrick’s career has stalled recently.
Last season whilst at Crystal Palace and Norwich, Bamford made six and seven appearances respectively, never scoring at either club. The 22 year old’s pedigree rose significantly two seasons ago when at loan at Middlesbrough. During his time at the Teesside club, the England U21 international netted 17 times in 39 games whilst in the Championship, portraying his talent. At the big time however, he didn’t quite cut it so another crack in the Premiership with Burnley maybe just what the loanee needs.
With Burnley somewhat lacklustre upfront, their main goal threat Andre Gray hasn’t helped their survival task; he may be banned by the FA for homophobic tweets posted four years ago on twitter. With Vokes now leading the line, Sean Dyche will be eager to add to his fire power, a problem which ultimately caused Burnley’s relegation two years ago. By playing two upfront and Gray potentially serving a ban, Bamford should see significant game time, with his physique perfect for Sean Dyche. At six foot one, Bamford will be able to hold the ball up alongside Vokes and his career stats show once he feels settled and gets a run of games, he can be lethal. At 22 years old, he’ll need a solid season at Burnley otherwise it could be curtains for him at Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi’s the same age, 22, and has set the league alight when he’s been played. With Charley Musonda, Tammy Abraham and Bertrand Traore all making significant progress in their career’s, Bamford could be left behind if he has another poor season.
So will Bamford find the form of previous and help Burnley’s survival hopes or is he set for another dismal season at the top? As long as Dyche plays him, this pair could be a match made in heaven for the young Englishmen, with the latter revitalising a stagnating career.