Chelsea have plenty of top talents out on loan, but perhaps none are catching the eye more than Patrick Bamford at Middlesbrough. The talented striker was recently named the Championship Player of the Season for his efforts on Riverside and will now be hoping to make it at Chelsea next season.
In an interview with The Independent he has admitted as much, discussing how he hopes to save Chelsea some money this summer:
"Hopefully, I’ll be playing in the Premier League next season one way or another,” says Bamford. “I’d like to try and play at Chelsea, but I don’t want to spend next season sat on the bench – at this stage it’s important for my development that I play every week if possible.
"Where I go is up to the club, but I regard my long-term future being at Chelsea. Fingers crossed, I might be the man who saves [Mourinho] spending £30m."
He certainly raises a good point. Chelsea's striking problems have not been an issue for most of the season. But with Diego Costa and Loic Remy both prone to niggles and Didier Drogba no spring chicken, another striker will need to come to the fore next season.
Of course Chelsea could buy a big name striker. They have the capital and draw to do just that. However Bamford has proven himself a potent goalscorer.
He scored 25 goals in 53 games at MK Dons and Derby County last season, this term he has netted 19 in 41. Looking at the success of Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur, Bamford might hope to emulate the 30-goal Spurs hero.
In doing so, he could save Chelsea a packet.