Newcastle need to bring in a number of new players this summer, and once Steve McClaren is appointed as the new head coach early next week, those transfer negotiations will be restarted in earnest, and it’s Lee Charnley’s job to get in the (six?) new players as soon as possible, so that they are available when pre-season starts in early July – which is only four weeks away.
Patrick Bamford – 21 year-old Chelsea striker
One such target is Chelsea’s 21 year-old Patrick Bamford, and the hope is he comes in on a season long loan deal with a permanent move to Newcastle being made next summer.
However, the Northern Echo is reporting that a year last January, Patrick was on loan at Derby County under Steve McClaren, and Steve kept playing him out on the wing, to the youngster’s obvious frustration.
In fact Patrick still did quite well at Derby scoring scored eight goals in his 23 appearances, and helped them reach the Championship play-off final at Wembley, where they lost out to QPR, with the last minute winner coming from Bobby Zamora for 10 men QPR.
Patrick tried to get McClaren to play him up front as a striker but to no avail, so when McClaren tried to re-sign Bamford at the start of last season, the youngster didn’t want to play under McClaren.
Instead he joined Middlesbrough on loan, and scored 19 goals in 43 appearances last season for the side who were beaten 2-0 in the Championship play-off final by Norwich City.
And the same thing could happen this season, and Patrick could turn down a move to Newcastle on loan for next season .
But Jose Mourinho will be the one who makes the final decision on where Bamford will go next season, and one thing is for sure – that there will be a number of Premier League clubs wanting to sign Patrick on loan.
It could now be unlikely that Patrick Bamford will be joining Newcastle on loan this summer.