West Bromwich Albion are reportedly eager to kick-start their summer spending with a move for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.
The Birmingham Mail report that The Baggies are keen on the 21 year-old forward, who has two years left on his contract with The Blues.
Tony Pulis is facing up to having to shuffle his pack once more, if the rumours regarding Saido Berahino joining Steve McLarens toon army, are to be believed.
Bamford spent last season on loan at Championship playoff runners-up Middlesbrough and was named Championship player of season, holding off 27-goal Daryl Murphy of Ipswich.
The Baggies are no stranger to recruiting from the second tier of English football. Czech forward Matej Vydra making the move to the West Midlands from Watford, in 2013, whilst still on loan from Watford’s parent club, Udinese.
However, Vydra stuggled to make any impact at The Hawthorns, scoring only three league goals, compared to the twenty the Czech allotted the season before with The Hornets. Vydra returned to Watford the following campaign. If West Brom were to make any serious move for Bamford, the club would do well to consider this.
Furthermore, Tony Pulis’ side are not renowned for their swashbuckling, care-free attacking flair. A move for Bamford could be a frustrating one, with the striker likely to be eyeing a call up to the senior England side after his exploits at U21 level.
Then of course, there is the question of the right move for the player himself. Would Patrick Bamford be open to move The Baggies. In the past, a move to a decently drilled, but attacking unit may have appealed more than the current West Brom side, in its’ latest Pulis mold.
Patrick Bamford has stated himself that he wants to stay and fight for his place in the Chelsea first and with no finer example than Harry Kane’s emergence this past term, Bamford could be encouraged.
However with Diego Costa, Loic Remy and the impending arrival of Radamel Falcao, spearheading the West Londoner’s front line, the Englishman will have his work cutout to do this. And then some.
Chelsea will likely let Bamford leave. The question is, where will Patrick Bamford end up and will it be in the Premier League?
If it is, one would say it would be unlikely he ends up at West Brom.
Time will tell.