Patrick Bamford won the Championship Player of the Year award two seasons ago, with the 17 goals he scored for Middlesbrough being one of the main reasons the north-east club reached the playoff final last year, but lost 2-0 to Norwich City.
But last season Patrick didn’t fare so well and his loan spells at two Premier clubs – Crystal Palace and Norwich City- saw him play only 10 times in total with no goals.
Chelsea are said to want around £10M for the 22 year-old striker and that seems a lot for a player who Alan Pardew hardly played at Palace last season.
Patrick Bamford while on loan at Palace
We would expect Rafa Benitez to be talking to Alan Pardew about the reasons for that, because Patrick’s form and accomplishments last season were not those of a £10M striker.
Newcastle may look at getting a loan deal arranged for Patrick for next season, and there’s news in the Northern Echo today that Newcastle are considering that option although Chelsea would prefer to sell.
And like last summer, Newcastle have again been offered Palace striker Dwight Gayle, but he’s hardly good enough for Newcastle, especially under Rafa Benitez when standards have been raised significantly on Tyneside with his arrival.
We would prefer Newcastle bring in Fulham’s Ross McCormack, but if the news recently that the release clause in his contract is set at £15M, that’s a lot of money to pay for the 29 year-old Scottish striker and most fans thinks he’s just not worth that to Newcastle.
What do you think?