One goal every 64 minutes: A detailed look at one of Chelsea's best talents

Derby County West Stand

Patrick Bamford has taken to the Championship like a duck to water, after netting four goals in two starts for Derby County and all four coming in his last four appearances.

Tipped by former Leicester City manager Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen to be January's finest acquisition in the country, it's certainly been a fast settling in period for the 20-year-old former Nottingham Forest trainee at local rivals Derby County

The Chelsea starlet was thrown in at the deep end in some respects, coming on as a second half substitute after just one day of training during the Rams disappointing 4-1 mauling to East Midland's rivals Leicester City. 

However, that game so far has been the only one he didn't score in. 

The next appearance for Derby County really made him a cult hero amongst the Derby County fans, coming on in the 60th minute and going on to score a 76th minute winner against promotion rivals Brighton and Hove Albion. 

He made an equally important impact in his third match, again coming on as sub and netting a late equaliser against Blackburn Rovers in the 84th minute. 

Bamford has since gone on to start the last two games for Derby County, scoring the first goal in both games. 

During his first five games at the club he has officially clocked 258 minutes and with his four goals that magnificently works out at a goal every 64 minutes. 

Despite this, he can also claim to be playing out of position, if only ever so slightly. Steve McClaren has decided to use Bamford primarily on the wide right of an attacking three rotating, along side of the main striker Chris Martin. 

The main aspect behind his success at Derby County is the way the team set out to play an unforgiving constant wave of attacks, as shown by their player positions in their last two games: 

Derby County vs Yeovil Town

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Derby County vs Birmingham City

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Bamford is number 35 and was arguably the most attacking player in both matches, certainly having the edge on his team mates in the game against Yeovil. The freedom given to the player by McClaren is a stroke of genius for the attacking aspect of the game, however, I'm not sure Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom will be quite as happy dealing with a lot of pressure when the other side breaks. 

Other aspects of the player's game involve his deft touch, quick feet and an incredibly accurate left foot. This is not to say there aren't things the player could work on. 

He still remains very raw and at times will make the wrong decision to benefit himself rather than the team, sometimes it's commendable but often frustrating.

And the biggest fault is his game is the willingness to dig deep for the side and is often found ball watching when other sides are attacking rather than tracking his man. 

Still, it's remarkable that it only took him a matter of three games on the bench before breaking into the best attacking side in the Championship and not only that, but enhancing it further.

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