Chelsea should allow Patrick Bamford to head to Aston Villa - but only on loan

Patrick Bamford is reportedly being tracked by Aston Villa ahead of the new season.

According to the Daily Mail, Villa’s interest in the hotshot striker, currently on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough, has led Chelsea to open contract talks with him.

The striker, 21, netted his 17th goal of the Championship season on Tuesday night, with a strike and assist in his 36th game to keep Boro’s promotion fight alive.

An English youth international, Bamford has proven that he can cut it in the second tier, and Villa’s interest comes as no surprise, with the youngster considered the next bright English prospect.

However, new contract talks with Chelsea, and his recent goalscoring form, suggests that the Blues are keen to tie him down for the future as they see him as a player to potentially make it in the first-team, and a sale to Villa looks unlikely.

However, this should not rule out Chelsea losing Bamford to Tim Sherwood’s men, with the Birmingham-based club being the perfect loan destination for the youngster.

With a proven goal record in the Championship, Chelsea’s next stage of Bamford’s development should be in the Premier League, before he is integrated into the Blues first-team.

A loan move to the top flight seems most likely, and whilst many clubs would be unwilling to throw a young striker into the firing line as first choice, Sherwood is a coach who seemingly favours youth over experience - and would likely have no qualms with utilising Bamford when needed.

Villa’s reported interest clearly shows the coach is keen on signing Bamford anyway, and that must mean that he wants to use him. So why would that change if he signed him on loan instead of a permanent deal.

Villa would gain the services of a player they want to sign, Chelsea would benefit as Bamford would be guaranteed consistent first-team football in the Premier League, and both clubs would agree with the limited financial impact of such a deal.

Sherwood may want to sign Bamford on a permanent deal, but that is unlikely, and a loan for the young promising striker could work out best for both Villa and Chelsea.

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