Chelsea loanee Bamford on similarities between Derby and Middlesbrough

Patrick Bamford believes Middlesbrough’s team ethic could see them promoted to the Premier League.

21-year-old Bamford has netted two goals in his last two games, taking his seasonal tally to three having moved to the Riverside at the end of August.

An England Under-21 star, the forward spent the second half of last season in the promotion race with Derby County, with whom he netted eight goals in 21 games as the Rams lost in the Play-Off Final.

Boro currently sit second in the Championship table, ahead of Derby, and joint on points with league leaders Bournemouth - who face off this weekend on Teeside. A win for Aitor Karanka’s men will see them move clear at the top of the table for the first time this season, whilst a loss could see them fall all the way down to sixth place.

Karanka has worked wonders with his squad since his appointment last season, and, despite signing a number of young stars on loan - with Bamford joined by Kenneth Omeruo and Jamal Blackman from Chelsea, and Ryan Fredericks and Milos Veljkovic from Spurs - Bamford believes that the ‘togetherness’ of the squad is what has seen them rise to the top end of the Championship table.

Speaking to the Hartlepool Mail, Bamford compared the current Boro side to the Derby side he played with last season.

The youngster said: “The big thing about last year at Derby was the togetherness of the squad.

“Here it is exactly the same, if not better.

“We have a bigger squad here but we are all in this together.

“We are united as a team and that really helps push you where we are looking to go.”

This weekend’s round of Championship fixtures could start to create a gap at the top of the table, with the top six clubs all facing off - leaving the pinnacle of the league table up for grabs.

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