Burnley have completed the signing of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on a season-long loan deal. The striker was in discussion with Burnley over the weekend and has now agreed to join Sean Dyche’s Clarets as an extra attacking option.
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) August 30, 2016
Bramford has still not made a single senior appearance for Chelsea in his four years with the Blues but Burnley boss Sean Dyche is confident that the latest signing will add the much-needed solidarity to his front-line.
The 22-year-old endured a frustrating 12 months with Crystal Palace and Norwich City last season during which he made only two Premier League starts and is desperate to resume the action and play as much as possible. He garnered interest from several championship clubs but he was keen to play in the top-flight.
After arriving at Stamford Bridge from Nottingham Forest, where he emerged as a trainee, Bamford spent two loan periods at MK Dons between 2012 and 2014. He was then loaned out to Derby, Middlesbrough, Palace, Norwich and now Burnley over the past four seasons.
He scored 21 times for MK Dons and 8 goals for Derby. He once again had an impressive outing in the championship as he netted 19 times in all competitions for Middlesbrough before a disastrous spell in the top flight with Norwich City and Crystal Palace.
Sam Vokes and Andre Gray are Burnley’s two forward but the team has struggled for alternatives while Ashley Barnes has been injured. On the other hand striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, who joined the Clarets two years ago, has yet to score a goal for the club. And Bramford is expected to end Burnley’s woes in front of the goal. The striker will be ready for his first game against Hull City after the international break.