Chelsea youngster Bamford happy to utilise his versatility during loan spell

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Bamford has 3 goals in his last 4 games for Middlesbrough.

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, on loan at Middlesbrough, is getting minutes under his belt and that's all that is important.

A player's versatility can be both a blessing and a curse to young players trying to nail down a first team spot. Being able to play several positions may see more minutes on the pitch for certain players, but it could also see that player being the one moved to accommodate others that may be less inclined or capable of demonstrating their flexibility.

However, for Middlesbrough's on loan striker, it is only a good thing.

Bamford is happy to get game time in any offensive position, having taken in wider attacking positions at times this season for Boro.

Despite his tender age, the 21-year-old mentioned that he already had spells on the wings at his first loan club MK Dons.

Naturally for the former Nottingham Forest graduate, if he is scoring goals he is contributing to both his own and his team's ascent, something Bamford has done out wide and as part of a front two for Aitor Karanka's highflying side, with 5 in 13 this season.

“I’ve played all along the front line but I don’t mind that,” said Bamford.

“I’ve played all those roles right so far in my career and I’m comfortable in all of them.

“When I made my first team debut at MK Dons I was out on the wing and I played there, through the middle and as in a three at Derby.

“I’ve alternated here too. Obviously No 9 is my preferred position but if the manager wants me to play somewhere else then I will.

“Against Norwich I was on the wing and scored then at Wigan I came on as part of two up front with Kike and I scored again.

“And if you score then it is very hard to argue with where the manager has put you.”

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