He’s been superb in the Championship this season, with 17 goals in the league, which led to his award for the division’s Player of the Year, and if Villa manager Tim Sherwood can get a deal sorted, it would be a superb piece of business.
Sherwood has focused on Aston Villa’s strengths since he came in as manager, to get the side scoring more goals and Bamford would slot nicely into the ethos the manager is currently trying to develop.
Bamford is a player who likes to play at the very top of the midfield, almost as far forward as a striker.
He’s very clever in terms of the way he occupies and makes the most of space and there are players who would benefit from a play of his quality at the top of the midfield.
Striker Christian Benteke could benefit from his quality in terms of service and he would be freer to focus on pushing the opposition’s defensive line as hard as possible.
The Belgian could back in, with Bamford utilising the space between the opposition’s midfield and defence.
One of the club’s key leaders, Fabian Delph would also benefit, with a free role to roam in front of the Villa back four and across Villa’s midfield.
He could drift into other areas where there is space, as well as running from deep to make runs beyond Bamford.
The priority for Villa and Sherwood is staying up and then thoughts will drift to plans for next season and individuals who can kick the squad on another level.
Jose Mourinho may still decide he wants him at Chelsea, while Middlesbrough could want to retain him if they go up through the Championship play-offs.
However, there’s every reason to feel confident as a Villa fan that he would be a good signing.