Will Mourinho put his faith in this prolific youngster next season?

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20-year-old Patrick Bamford netted his first Chelsea goal in the 5-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers and could be given a chance in the first team next year.

In Wycombe last night a young forward scored what Jose Mourinho, and all those associated with Chelsea will wish is his first of many.

Patrick Bamford opened the 5-0 rout with a superb volley from fellow youngster Nathan Ake's cross. It was the short of confident finish that has been lacking from record signing Fernando Torres, and Bamford will hope it is a further reminder to Mourinho that he may be ready to step up to first team duty for the Blues

The former Nottingham Forest player has exhibited goalscoring form at whatever club, and whatever level he has played at.

The striker scored 21 goals in 44 games across two seasons at MK Dons, impressive form for what was then an unpolished 18/19-year-old. Then last season he impressed further in a five month spell during Derby County's surge up the Championship table, netting 8 times in 21 games.

The fact he settled in to the Chelsea side so well in the game with Wycombe should serve him well ahead of the club's tour of Europe this summer.

It is believed Mourinho is evaluating the 20-year-old as backup to new signing Diego Costa, with doubts remaining over the future of both Torres and Romelu Lukaku, and with other forward options being preferred on the wings.

Rumoured interest in re-signing Chelsea legend Didier Drogba may of course influence how much first team action the youngster will get, but if he were to impress on the upcoming pre-season tour, he may find himself closer to the first team than any English youngster has in a long time.

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