Middlesbrough loanee Patrick Bamford has hinted to the Northern Echo that he wants to be playing for the club in the Premier League next season.
Bamford, owned by Chelsea, was a key figure for the side as they defeated Manchester City in the FA Cup over the weekend.
Bamford has detailed that difficult choice he’ll face at the end of the season over whether to stick with Middlesbrough, should they get promoted, or whether to push to try and have an impact at Chelsea.
“If we get promoted it would be a toss-up between whether to go back to get experience with Chelsea, playing a bit part, or whether it will be playing week in and week out with Middlesbrough,” he said.
“Put it that way, it seems an easy decision ... but it’s not my decision really. It’s about getting to the end of the season and seeing where everyone is.”
Bamford has been key for Middlesbrough so far this season with eight goals in the Championship so far.
He seems to understand the way the side is currently playing and he’ll have played a big role for the club should they make the most of their good position, getting promoted back into the top flight.
He certainly couldn’t be blamed if he opts against a Chelsea return and pushes for another loan move, or even a permanent one, to continue playing for Aitor Karanka in the North East.
He’ll have aspirations of playing consistently in the Premier League and grabbing the attention of coaches at international level, which he won’t do if he’s sitting on the bench at Chelsea.
He’s hinted he’d jump at the chance to carry on playing for Middlesbrough and he should get that opportunity.