On-loan Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford has told reporters that he is looking to use his loan spell at the club as a stepping stone en route to the Chelsea first team and says that he is targeting a promotion push during his season on Teeside.
And while many Blues loanees eventually wind up securing permanent moves away, Bamford has confirmed a place in the Chelsea set-up is firmly within his sights.
Bamford moved from Chelsea on a loan deal until January during the summer, having impressed last season during loan spells at MK Dons and Derby County.
He told the Teeside Gazette that success at Aitor Karanka’s side is his immediate priority but that his long term goal is to secure a place in the Chelsea first team.
“Success at Boro is the priority because doing well here is the key to me taking the next step,” opened the 21-year-old former Nottingham Forest man.
“I have to be honest and say at the end of the day I want to be a Chelsea first team player.
“But to do that I know I need to make a success of my time at Boro. I need to get games, play well and score goals.”
– Patrick Bamford
However, Bamford insisted that he is committed to ‘Boro, continuing by laying out his aims for the season.
“I need the experience but I’m not here to go through the motions. I have to play well. I have to get into the team here, stay there and score.
“The best thing for me is to be a regular part of a team up there challenging for promotion.
“If I can do that here then I know that really improves my chances there.”
Bamford made his Boro debut last week in the defeat to Reading, coming on for the last half hour as a substitute. He netted eight times in 23 Championship appearances for Derby last season, having scored 14 league goals for MK Dons in the first half of the campaign.