One of the weirdest things ever seen in the Premier League has to be the loan system that Chelsea have used and abused over the years. The London club routinely have 20 players out on loan and one such player who had to deal with going out on loan, but not getting a fair crack at his team was Patrick Bamford.
We all saw how well he did a couple of years ago at Middlesbrough, and he ended up as the leading scorer in the Championship. His performances saw him come back to the Chelsea team in expectations of playing regularly for the Blues but that didn’t transpire as the 22-year-old was first sent to Crystal Palace on loan and then was also on loan at Norwich but neither club ended up being too fruitful for the English striker.
Bamford must certainly have been disappointed with the lack of opportunities at Stamford Bridge even when the likes of Diego Costa and Loic Remy were finding it hard to get a goal. There were many games where the striker was not part of the bench, even though Chelsea did not have enough fit strikers or had a player such as Radamel Falcao taking up an important slot in the 18 man match day squad.
Certainly there seems to be a lack of development for the youngster and the quicker he can leave the Stamford Bridge club, on loan or on a permanent basis, the better it would be for him. One club that seems to be in the running the sign the 22-year-old is Newcastle United and this deal could well be the best thing for all three parties involved.
Championship football for Bamford again
The English striker should not fret about playing in a lower league simply because; he could actually get a lot more chances to star for a club rather than sticking to Chelsea. The 22-year-old certainly is one of the better young strikers in the league and if he is given a chance regularly, he can shine for the Magpies.
Newcastle must be bracing themselves for a lot of their top players leaving the club due to their relegation and bringing in Bamford, even if it is for a one-year deal would certainly help them get a quality forward for next to nothing and also give Chelsea another year to contemplate on what to do with the striker.
Bamford wouldn’t mind playing in a lower division simply because he wasn’t getting chances for Palace or Norwich as well, when both the clubs had him during the Premier League season. Bamford needs regular football and if that is being provided by Newcastle so be it.
The Magpies also have one of the best managers in modern football, Rafa Benitez and he could help the English striker develop and get better. Newcastle would also be hoping to bounce back to the Premier League in the first time of asking and this could well be done if Bamford joins the club and becomes their main man for scoring goals next season.