Chelsea’s Striker Patrick Bamford has recently admitted that he doesn’t know if he has a future at the club. The Young striker who spent last season on loan to Championship side Middlesbrough has been impressive for the Riverside club notching 17 goals and playing an important role for the team last Season.
The 21-year-old striker has been in imperious form for the Boro this season and has scored 17 goals for the club in all competitions, helping them to the Championship play-offs, where they eventually lost to Nowrich City by two goals although his contribution that match day was average fair to say.
But in an emotional goodbye message to the Middlesbrough fans on social media outlet,Twitter; he admitted he ‘might’ return to the Riverside sometime in the future.
He said; “Obviously not the end of the season any of us wanted and it’s gonna hurt us all for a while but I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone associated with Boro,” he tweeted.
“You fans deserved this more than any and I’m sure next season will be yours.
“I’ve loved every minute up in the North East and appreciate the way the fans have supported me.
“It’s a time of my life I’ll never forget.
“At the minute I’m not sure what next season holds for me but I hope one day in the future I can help this club again. Once again, thank you.”
This could be a big hint of a move away from Chelsea. The 21-year-old signed for Chelsea from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 but has been shipped out on loan to MK Dons twice, Derby and now Middlesborough; leaving Bamford still eagerly awaiting the call from Jose Mourinho telling him he will make his first appearance for Chelsea. Bamford is heading in the right direction to receive the chance he rightfully deserves and was named the Championship Player of the Year this, collecting the award ahead of Troy Deeney and Daryl Murphy.
The reality of Bamford’s situation doesn’t bode well for the striker. As well as having Diego Costa and Loic Remy in the first team; youngsters Dominic Solanke and Isaiah Brown have also been called up to the senior set up after impressing Mourinho whilst playing for the under-21 side.
Clubs like Chelsea do not have time to nurture young talent while they compete for the Premier League title and the Champions League. The impatient nature of the top sides in the top flight of English football to pick up silverware hinders young talent unless they are one of the best players in the world. When Chelsea have the money to spend £32m on world-class strikers like Costa as well as buying Remy to be a back-up striker on the bench, what chance does a player like Bamford have? Well, we shouldn’t write him off as life is full of twist and turns.
There is no doubt that Bamford deserves a chance in the Chelsea first team. Whether he takes his chance and it works out is another thing, but the striker will be hoping to follow in Tottenham Harry Kane’s footsteps and secure regular first team football at his parent club.