One goal, 26 touches - Chelsea loan star in effective Middlesbrough performance

Patrick Bamford netted the third goal in Middlesbrough's domination of Brentford.

The 21-year old forward completed a loan move to Teeside during the summer, having impressed with MK Dons and Derby County last season.

The Chelsea man has yet to make an appearance for the Blues first team, but a good season with Boro could be the key to finally making an impact at Stamford Bridge.

Having failed to make a start for Aitor Karanka’s men since his arrival, the young striker was set to lead the line on Saturday, as Boro hosted Championship rivals Brentford at the Riverside Stadium.

He managed to stay on for 76 minutes during the destruction of the London club, scoring the third goal of the game just prior to his substitution, and he impressed in the performance despite a seemingly limited impact.

  PositionMatchMins PlayedGoalsShots on TargetSuccessful DribblesTouches
Patrick Bamford FW Middlesbrough vs Brentford 76 1 1 1 26

As can be seen, in Bamford’s 76 minutes, he registered 26 touches of the ball, the lowest of any starting player featured in the game.

Whilst his larger game impact was fairly minimal, the young forward proved to be an extremely effective striking option, scoring from his only shot on targe, and winning his only attempted dribble.

He has become well respected for his finishing ability in the Football League, scoring 18 goals in 37 games for MK Dons, before netting eight in 21 for Derby last season, and, although he registers few shots per game - with just eight shots in four matches this season - his conversion rate is something to be admired in a division as tough as the Championship.

Bamford’s performance against Brentford represents an improvement in the youngsters form since his arrival on Teeside. He improved in minutes played, touches and attempts on target - as well as opening his goalscoring tally for the season.

  Mins Played per gameGoals per gameShots on Target per gameSuccessful Dribbles per gameTouches per GameAppearances
Patrick Bamford 30.75 0.25 0.25 0.5 12 4

It is not only Boro fans who will be hoping to see Bamford continue his impressive form this season, with the Blues faithful hoping to see the young striker making his mark in West London in the near future.

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