Chelsea's goalscoring starlet set for Derby debut

Patrick Bamford could make his debut for Derby County on Friday night in their huge game against East Midlands and title rivals Leicester City.

Derby County could throw on loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford straight in at the deep end Friday night, having lost their previous two matches without scoring a single goal.

Wigan Athletic were the first team to get the better of the Rams in 10 games, pulling off a shock 1-0 win at the iPro Stadium in their New Years day game.

Ironically, the Chelsea striker finished his loan at MK Dons scoring and assisting a goal four days later in their 3-3 draw with Wigan in the FA Cup.

Derby were then unable to pull off the upset of the round and were beaten by Bamford's parent club Chelsea in the FA Cup, leaving them winless and goalless in two games, but not after a loan deal for the youngster had been agreed.

Despite still being the division's top goalscorers, Steve McClaren could look to his newest signing to bring a fresh attacking threat to Derby County's play to shake things up.

Leicester City have already bested the Rams twice this season, beating them in the league and knocking them out the Capital One Cup, albeit under the reign of Nigel Clough.

Despite that, Leicester City will be aware that there is likely to be five changes to the Derby County side they last beat and will be wary of the fact the Rams have since blooded several Premier League players to their side, including former Leicester City loanee Michael Keane.

In Bamford's first interview for the club, the former Nottingham Forest player set an ambitious target for himself between now and the end of the season, starting with getting a first team spot.

'I want to nail down a starting space, whether it be on the wing or as a number 9, just getting into the team would be a priority for me.

'I have set myself a target of getting 10 goals before the end of the season, obviously it is quite high expectations, but if I get into the team I think I might be able to manage it'

The player still remains unmoved on what he wants to get out of the loan at Derby and that is breaking into the Chelsea side as soon as possible, hinting this is the next step of that journey. 

His progress will be one to watch, Chelsea rated him highly enough to fast-track him and move him up a level, and he appears determined not to let them down.

image: © Eamon Curry

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