You should have seen the looks on the face of the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern this morning today when they heard a striker was leaving SW6. Thankfully for them, the fact his name is Patrick Bamford and not Diego Costa calmed a few nerves.
After a series of loan spells yielding varying levels of success, the 23-year-old looks set to return to Middlesbrough, where he enjoyed perhaps his most productive year during the 2014-15 campaign.
It seems his time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end on a permanent basis as the Blues see another of their perennial loan army leave the club, though a number of talented youngsters remain in the doldrums at the club’s Cobham base.
Having stockpiled such an array of talent, it’s hard to see everyone breaking into Antonio Conte’s first-team.
With that in mind, here are THREE players who should follow Bamford out of the club on a permanent basis to save their careers.
Do you agree?