Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka will be disappointed that his side couldn’t get a win against Birmingham City last night, which would have put them clear at the top of the Championship.
It was important for Middlesbrough to react well after defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup last weekend, as the manager would have been wary of a dip in morale developing across his squad as a result.
Middlesbrough went 1-0 down during the game, but they were saved by Patrick Bamford who popped up with the equaliser in the second-half of the game.
He’s perhaps been unlucky not to have got more of a chance at parent club Chelsea, but if that means he pushes Boro towards promotion to the Premier League, the club’s fans certainly won’t argue as a result.
He’s been in great form this season with ten goals in the Championship so far, which is evidence of his ability to pop up in key positions all over the pitch to give himself chances to score.
He makes runs from deep positions, which makes him difficult for the opposition to mark because it means unless the runner goes with him, it could create complications with players passing on the marking duties.
Middlesbrough now face a difficult game this weekend against Leeds United where they will face a side, which has won four out of their last five league games.
The manager’s job is to try and find a way to keep Bamford effective in all games. Sides are going to be looking at a number of different ways to keep him quiet in matches and if he can reinvent his style in the face of those tactics, there’s no reason he can’t get close to 15-20 goals by the end of the season.
Here’s what Middlesbrough fans on Twitter had to say about Bamford’s performance last night.
I just want to hand feed a parmo to Patrick Bamford while I stroke his hair— Jackkk (@jpeart7) February 18, 2015
Bamford is the best player in this league by a country mile ! He'll be playing in the premier league for sure next season. Hopefully for us!— Darren Moody (@Darren_Moody) February 18, 2015
Bamford doesn't look like a player on loan from the team leading the Premier League.— Hassan Salman (@hassansalman) February 18, 2015