The man once known as Bamfordinho thanks to his prolific goalscoring record in the Development Squad as well as during his loans in the second and third divisions of English football, has now left Chelsea on a permanent deal, signing with Middlesbrough 18 months after leading them into the Championship playoffs as the Championship’s Player of the Year.
Confirmation of Patrick Bamford's transfer to Middlesbrough...https://t.co/v2Ob1HdSXX— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 18, 2017
Great things were expected of Bamford as he kept finding success with every successive new challenge on loan, joining, in order, MK Dons, Derby County, and Middlesbrough, winning his place as their starting forward and scoring at a steady 1-in-2 rate.
Similar success has so far eluded him in the Premier League, having found no luck in his three 6-month spells at Crystal Palace, Norwich City, and, in the first-half of the current season, Burnley. He now rejoins Middlesbrough, the scene of his great successes of 2014-15. Hopefully it works out for him and manager Aitor Karanka just as well as back then.
Bamford joined in January of 2012 for around £1.5m. He leaves five years later for around £6m, plus add-ons that could raise the fee as high as £10m. He’s signed a 4.5-year deal on Teesside.
Afterwards, he took to Twitter to thank Chelsea for all the support, expressing hope to “help the club in some capacity in the future”. A few goals against our rivals will do just fine for now.
“I would also like to thank Chelsea for the past 5 years, and all the staff and players at the club for constant help and support they gave to me. They gave me a chance to turn my dream into reality and set off on this journey and I will forever be grateful. For now it’s goodbye but I hope I can help the club in some capacity in the future. Thank you.”
-Patrick Bamford; source: Twitter
Best of luck, Bamfordinho!