Assessed: Chelsea's Patrick Bamford vs Manchester United's Jesse Lingard

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We take a look at who made the biggest impact in 2014 between Chelsea's Patrick Bamford, on-loan at Derby County, and Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, on-loan at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Patrick Bamford:

The 20-year-old was predominantly used as a right-wing forward during his time with the Rams, which isn't by any means his natural position. The former Nottingham Forest youngster may be a striker by trade, but in truth, it barely affected his threat in front of goal.

He scored a respectable eight league goals in 23 appearances, and six from 14 when he started the game. Nevertheless, the striker was guilty in other areas of his play.

For example, as a attacking wide player he would offer little support to the Derby County right-back, Andre Wisdom, and would often make poor decisions resulting in him losing the ball.

Regardless of his faults, it's fair to say the Chelsea striker was a success whilst on loan at the Rams, and although he may not be ready for first-team Premier League football yet, he could look to go back to the iPro and finish off the task of promotion.

Jesse Lingard:

The 21-year-old Manchester United player spent two-spells in the Championship this season, one with Birmingham City and the other with Brighton. During his time at both clubs, he was predominantly used as a wide-attacking forward which meant he was often called upon to score goals, which he did regularly. The England under-21 international scored six in 13 with Birmingham and four in 17 for Brighton, leaving him with a total of 10 in 30 appearances.

Lingard was at fault for showing the same weaknesses at Championship level which, to be fair, should be expected of young players trying to learn the game.

However, like Bamford's impact, you could argue that Lingard led Brighton to the play-offs and ultimately saved Birmingham City from going down. A very successful couple of loan spells, and an experience he will take into next season.

Stats (considering 2014 calendar year only):

Starts: Bamford - 14; Lingard - 17
Sub: Bamford - 9; Lingard - 0

Goals: Bamford - 8; Lingard - 4
Assists: Bamford - 3; Lingard - 3

Cards: Bamford - two yellow; Lingard - one yellow

Shots per game: Bamford - 2.6; Lingard - 1.9

Key Passes: Bamford - 22; Lingard - 26
Pass Accuracy: Bamford - 73.8; Lingard - 84.4

Successful Dribbles: Bamford - 16; Lingard - 8
Dispossessed: Bamford - 51; Lingard - 31

Conclusion:

The Manchester United midfielder, in my opinion, has shown the most complete performances out of the two this season. Which considering he played in statistically weaker sides is telling.

At both clubs, Lingard has proven himself instrumental in their first-team action whereas Bamford was used from the bench a lot at Derby. Which considering their attacking options perhaps shouldn't be unexpected.

Nevertheless, I feel that out of the two players considered it is the Manchester United player who is closer to breaking the Premier League. For Bamford, I fear it may be a step too soon and it could end up hurting him in the long run.

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