Aston Villa are patiently waiting for Patrick Bamford’s final verdict as to whether or not they have been successful in their pursuit to sign the youngster from Chelsea on a one-year loan deal.
New Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo wants to sign two new strikers this summer as he looks to strengthen his squad in order to bounce straight back up to the Premier League. According to the Birmingham Mail Bamford is still pondering his next move, but Villa is one of his options.
Di Matteo wants to boost Villa’s firepower and has identified Bamford as the perfect striker to lead their line going into next season.
Bamford has been closely tracked by Di Matteo, but a breakthrough is yet to be made in negotiations for the player.
Bamford is yet to make a single appearance for his current club Chelsea, but has had loan moves to five different clubs.
Bamford knows the Championship very well, having two separate loan spells with Derby County and more recently Middleborough where he really found fine form scoring 17 goals in 39 appearances.
Bamford spent the latter part of last season on loan at Norwich City but failed to score a single goal in seven appearances.
Bamford will be able to settle into Villa’s squad quite comfortably as he is very familiar to the physicality of the league, he will also bring in some experience of playing in a higher league and standing at 6ft 1′ he has the height to be effective in the air.
The England-born forward has also represented England U21’s twice scoring zero goals. Bamford is an out and out number 9, he is a pure striker and his main strengths are finishing and long shots which will please the interested Di Matteo.
Bamford hasn’t hit the heights required to play in the Premier League as yet after having two dull loan moves at Crystal Palace and as previously mentioned Norwich City, unfortunately Bamford didn’t manage to score a single goal in his time there.
But, at such a tender age Bamford is still thought of as a very talented forward, having burst into life during his loan spell at Middleborough, catching the eye of Premier League clubs, it is clear he has the talent but one more season in the Championship will certainly aid his development.
Although Bamford is still learning his trade, he does show signs of weakness in his game. He is very comfortable with the ball at his feet but his passing ability needs improving as he does have a tendency to hold onto the ball for too long, which can be a problem, especially if he is asked to play as a target man.
Although Bamford is a real counter-attacking threat, he often drops off centrally to utilize his pace, power and balance to run at defenders through the middle of the pitch, he often shoots on sight which can be seen as quite selfish from onlookers.
Chelsea are willing to let Bamford leave on loan again in a bid for him to find some form and to learn his trade more, before developing into a striker worthy starting for Chelsea.
Bamford will only reach his potential if he does look for a move away from Chelsea this summer, even if it is just another one-year loan deal, at a young age he needs to consistently play and showcase his abilities to reach a higher level.
Several clubs are interested in Bamford’s services this summer and the striker is yet to decide which move is best for his short-term future, but working under a Champions League winner in Di Matteo would certainly appear to be a good option.
Despite turning 23 in September, Chelsea appear to still be keen to keep Bamford on their books and they are shying away from a permanent sale. That can only be good news for Villa if a loan deal is approved, as it shows how highly the London club value the player.