Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford doesn’t want to return to his parent club just to sit on the bench, reports the Daily Star.
The striker has been playing for Middlesbrough this season, but his temporary deal ends in the summer and he should return to the Blues. The 21-year-old has been in great form for the Championship side, scoring 19 goals in 41 appearances for the second tier side. He was also voted the Championship player of the season on Sunday evening.
After this stellar campaign the youngster thinks that he is good enough to challenge for a starting place at his parent club, but doesn’t want top be stuck on the bench if things don’t work out.
He said: “Sometimes it’s a bit of luck, sometimes you just need that luck and that chance and then you’ve got to take it when you get that chance. Hopefully I’ll get that sometime soon. I’d like to think that I’d be able to compete [for a place in the team] but honestly I think I’d benefit most from playing.
“Going back and sitting on the bench now after having two good seasons wouldn’t really help me and it’s up to the people at the top at Chelsea to decide what will be best and what career plan I’ll have for this next year. I’ll just have to play it by ear and see what they say.”
Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho isn’t known for his willingness to trust in youth, and Chelsea as a whole have tended to go for experience in recent years. They also don’t rotate their squad much, having only used 22 players in the Premier League this season. That is the lowest amount in the division, and will further lessen the chances of any fringe squad members making an impact.