Reported Sunderland, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion target Patrick Bamford wants to remain at Chelsea next season, according to The Mirror.
It has been reported by the British newspaper that the England Under-21 international forward is determined to be part of the Blues’ first team for the 2015-16 campaign.
The youngster has been suffering with an ankle injury of late, but he is reported to be confident of overcoming the problem and prove his fitness before Chelsea’s pre-season trio to the USA next month.
Should Patrick Bamford stay at Chelsea?
Bamford is one of the best young players in England at the moment and was in superb form for Middlesbrough during his loan spell in the recently concluded 2014-15 campaign.
The young forward scored 16 goals and created 28 chances in 40 Championship appearances, firing Boro to the playoff final in the process.
The 21-year-old had a pass accuracy of 70% and a shot accuracy of 51%, and he won 39 headers, 17 dribbles and 12 tackles.
Bamford’s performances for Middlesbrough showed that he is ready to be given a chance at Chelsea, but the problem is that he will not be considered a first-choice striker rightaway.
Spain international Diego Costa is Chelsea’s number one striker, and it is going to stay that way next season.
Loic Remy is currently the second choice at the Blues, which means that Bamford will be the third choice as things stand (Didier Drogba is already on his way out).
What Bamford can hope for at Stamford Bridge in the 2015-16 campaign is to become the second-choice striker, but for a player of his quality and given the progress he made last season it is not going to be enough.
Perhaps the best move for Bamford is to go out on loan to a Premier League club where he will get more chances that he would at Chelsea.