Loan boss speaks about Chelsea prospect's 'development'

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium gates

Aitor Karanka is happy to see Patrick Bamford developing well at Middlesbrough.

As we all know by now Chelsea have a lot of players out on loan, 26 at the last count, scattered across Europe and the UK.

One club with a couple of Chelsea loanees in their grasp are Championship side Middlesbrough. Boro boss Aitor Karanka was assistant to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and the pair maintain a good working relationship.

With that in mind Mourinho is more than happy for his players to head to the Riverside for loan spells.

Boro currently have three Chelsea loanees on their books - goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, Nigerian international defender Kenneth Omeruo and striker Patrick Bamford.

Bamford spent last season on loan at MK Dons and Derby County, scoring 25 goals in total for both clubs and impressing enough to cause something of a scramble over his temporary signing this summer.

Boro won the race and he has not done badly so far, scoring a couple and recently earning a place in the England under-21 squad once again.

And now Karanka has given an assessment of the player.

He has told Gazzette Live:

"I’m very pleased that Ben [Gibson] and Patrick have been called up because both of them are very good lads and have worked very hard. They are improving all the time and have a lot of quality.

“It was very important for Patrick that he settled in well here. Playing for the U21s is important for his development because he is a quality player so when you receive this kind of praise it’s good for you.”

Chelsea fans will hope he continues to improve at Middlesbrough, as he might be a star in the making.

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