Ray Wilkins makes case for giving Chelsea starlet a chance to shine
Ray Wilkins wants to see Patrick Bamford given a chance to prove himself at Chelsea this season
Ray Wilkins has urged Guus Hiddink to give Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford a chance to prove himself in the first team this season.
The 22-year-old has returned to Stamford Bridge following a loan spell at Crystal Palace after enjoying a fruitful campaign at Middlesbrough last season.
Chelsea are believed to be on the lookout for attacking reinforcements during the January transfer window following injuries to the likes of Loic Remy.
However, former Chelsea man Wilkins feels that the Blues should give Bamford a chance to prove himself for the west London side in the coming weeks as Hiddink look to steer the club back in the right direction after a disastrous start to the new season under Jose Mourinho.
Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ, Wilkins said: “I think they need another forward. Loic Remy seems to be injured on numerous occasions and he’s never available for selection.
“I look at Chelsea and Patrick Bamford, for example. When a side like Chelsea are playing to the ability that they have I’m sure you can throw a young man in and give him an opportunity to play.
“I’m sure Bamford, who scored 19 goals for Middlesbrough in the Championship last season, would score goals for Chelsea because he is a very bright human being.
“OK, he’s not the quickest but given the opportunities that Chelsea create I think he could score a goal. Now, whether they let him back out on loan, I’ve no idea, but if they do then I think they have to strengthen.”
Chelsea kicked off 2016 with a victory when they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon to move up to 14th place in the Premier League table.