Training is getting underway for clubs all around England today, and because of that, I'd expect to hear of a few more loan deals being completed soon. One of those was finalized this morning, with Chelsea agreeing to send striker Patrick Bamford back to MK Dons for another spell on loan. Here's what the Chelsea website had to say about the move:
Under-21 striker Patrick Bamford will this week join MK Dons on loan until January 5.
Bamford, 19, had two loan spells with the Buckinghamshire club last season, scoring four goals in eight appearances during the second half of the season after six games in his first period.
Patrick joined Chelsea in January 2012 from Nottingham Forest, where he made two senior competitive appearances and impressed with his goalscoring form in the FA Youth Cup.
On the whole, I think I'm a fan of this move. I honestly think Bamford could have pushed for minutes at a bit higher level, but he's comfortable at Dons already, and his loan spell last season was interrupted by a pair of nagging injuries. By returning to the club he spent time at last year, lots of minutes should be virtually guaranteed, and that should probably be the main objective of the club at this point in the development process.
Here's hoping that Bamford doesn't pick up any other injuries during the first half of the season, as if he stays healthy enough to log plenty of minutes, his track record at every other level suggests that he'll impress. Assuming that's the case, Chelsea can probably afford to be a bit more aggressive with the lad in January.