Patrick Bamford targeting Chelsea starting line-up

Patrick Bamford is hoping to use success with Middlesbrough as a way to force himself into the Blues first-team.

The 21-year old striker spent a remarkable spell with Derby County last season, scoring eight times in 21 games to help the Rams to the Play-Off Final.

Many were calling for his inclusion into the Blues first-team set-up this year, but with the arrivals of Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba, it was always unlikely that the England Under-21 international would be able to force himself into the first-team fold.

Another loan move away from Stamford Bridge beckoned, and in the latter days of the transfer window, Bamford agreed a deal with Championship side Middlesbrough - who have strong ties with the Blues through head coach Aitor Karanka.

Although the youngster admitted that becoming a Chelsea first-team player is his dream, he knows that success with Boro is the first thing he must achieve - as it will help him on his desired career path.

Speaking to Gazette Live, Bamford revealed that playing games and scoring goals is the only way he will make the most of his loan spell.

The former Nottingham Forest man said: “Success at Boro is the priority because doing well here is the key to me taking the next step."

“I have to be honest and say at the end of the day I want to be a Chelsea first team player."

"But to do that I know I need to make a success of my time at Boro. I need to get games, play well and score goals."

“I need the experience but I’m not here to go through the motions. I have to play well."

“I have to get into the team here, stay there and score."

“The best thing for me is to be a regular part of a team up there challenging for promotion."

“If I can do that here then I know that really improves my chances there.”

A long way still remains until Bamford will be fighting for a spot in the Chelsea first-team, but if he can impress the watching Blues scouts, there is no doubt he has the talent to make an impact in the Premier League.

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