PATRICK Bamford plans to bring goals to Middlesbrough – “lots of goals”
The supremely-confident 20-year-old yesterday swapped Stamford Bridge for the Riverside as his long-awaited loan deal with Chelsea was finally completed.
Bamford, who will be at Boro until January 1, is one of the many talented prospects on the books of the Blues and a player who is accustomed to being loaned out.
He was a success at MK Dons two years ago and impressed at Derby County last season when he almost helped them into the Premier League.
Scoring goals in the Sky Bet Leagues come naturally for the striker who turns 21 next week.
He bagged eight goals in 23 appearances for Derby County last season, following on from 14 goals during his time with MK Dons, including one past Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
And he plans to hit the net for Boro, who he says were his number one choice after speaking to boss Aitor Karanka.
“Hopefully I’ll bring goals, that’s what I like to aim for” said Bamford. “Lots of goals.
“I’ve got movement, finishing and hopefully I can bring others into play as well.
“It has taken a while to sort out but I’m glad to be here.
“I had a chat with Aitor first and then spoke to a few other managers around 10 days ago.
“There was a hold up in the paperwork after deciding it was Middlesbrough I wanted to come to.
“It seemed to drag on forever and ever but it’s finally been sorted out.”
Boro had no shortage of competition for a player of Bamford’s ability and pedigree, with Championship rivals Nottingham Forest reputed to be ready to hijack the deal.
“I was advised to assess my options,” the Lincolnshire-born forward said in an interview with www.mfc.co.uk.
“I think there were 10 clubs interested and I got that down to three or four.
“But it was Middlesbrough who jumped out at me, the manager’s aspirations and stuff.
“After the way he put his plans forward, I was eager to come here and play.”
Bamford will feature in the squad for today’s Championship match against Reading at the Riverside.
It is the last game for a fortnight due to the international break so then he will have the opportunity to settle in at the club’s Rockliffe Park training HQ.