The young forward on loan from Chelsea got off the mark for Boro against Brentford
Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford has said he would be happy to extend his loan spell at the Riverside Stadium beyond January.
Bamford has been on loan at several Football League clubs during his time at Stamford Bridge at sides including Milton Keynes Dons, Nottingham Forest and Derby County.
So far during his spell at Boro, he has scored one goal from his four appearances.
The 21-year-old got off the mark in Middlesbrough's 4-0 home win over Brentford at the weekend, and is quoted by Sky Sports, saying: “I chose to come here until January because I wanted to keep my options open.
“The way things are going at the moment I’m more than happy to extend the loan if the opportunity arises. I’m loving it here.
“A lot of the training sessions are similar to those at Chelsea, which isn’t a surprise given the connection between the managers.
“The tempo and intensity are higher than any other loan club I’ve been at and it seems to have paid off with my first goal.”
In terms of his first team opportunities, it would be wise for Bamford to remain on loan. Jose Mourinho seems happy with the three strikers at his disposal at Stamford Bridge with Diego Costa in sparkling form. There is also experienced cover in Didier Drogba and a forward with a good strike rate in Loic Remy at the club.
If Bamford can build on his first goal for Middlesbrough and come up with a decent return for the club this season, it many get Jose Mourinho thinking - if not that, then other clubs may be paying close attention to him.