"I'd advise every young player to go out on loan rather than stay [and play in the Under-21 development league]. There's a massive difference between playing Under-21 football and being on the bench at Chelsea, and playing every week in a league where you are playing for people's livelihoods and helping to pay their mortgages."
"If you ask Karl Robinson, I have come on so much from when I started playing for him at Milton Keynes. I would tell most youngsters to play every week if they can. At my age you need to play."
While Bamford's Chelsea future is far from guaranteed, he's the poster boy -- alongside, say, Thibaut Courtois -- for the merits of the way we utilize the loan system to retain and help develop young players. Since B-teams are not en vogue in England, young players are stuck competing mostly against other youngsters in a comparatively low-pressure, low-intensity environment. Unless they go out on loan.
"The tempo in the Under-21 league is a lot slower, it is very technical and there is none of that nastiness; that is something you have to learn from playing in league games."
Having proven himself for three teams and three managers, Bamford claims he has picked up plenty of that Costa-esque nastiness. Armed with that added quality, he feels he can one day save Mourinho and Chelsea a whole truckload of cash.
"Hopefully, I'll be playing in the Premier League next season one way or another. I'd like to try and play at Chelsea, but I don't want to spend next season sat on the bench - at this stage it's important for my development that I play every week if possible. Where I go is up to the club, but I regard my long-term future being at Chelsea. Fingers crossed, I might be the man who saves [Mourinho] spending £30m."
"I've got to be patient, I'm still quite young. If I want to be a main striker at Chelsea, I need to get the chance to push people like [Didier] Drogba and [Loïc] Rémy and to see what I can learn off them. If [Drogba] goes, Chelsea could go out and buy another striker; if he stays for another year, I could learn from him."
Let me tell you, that £30m-line is pure gold. Well done!