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Patrick Bamford

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Norwich Career:  2016 (on loan from Chelsea (7 appearances, 0 goals)
Current Club: Leeds United
Date of Birth: 5/9/1993 (Grantham) 
Nationality: English


On 30th January 2016, Norwich completed the loan signing of Patrick Bamford from Chelsea until the end of the 2015/16 season.

22 year old striker Bamford signed a new three-year deal at Chelsea in 2015 but spent the early part of this season on loan at Crystal Palace. But he did not score in nine outings, describing the spell as "disappointing" before returning to Chelsea.

Bamford was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire . He joined Nottingham Forest's Academy as an eight-year-old after playing junior football for Muskham Cougars. He maide his Forest debut on 31st December 2011, and a month later joined Chelsea for a fee of £1.5 million.

On 22nd November 2012, he signed on loan at Milton Keynes Dons until 7th January 2013. This was extended until the end of the season. He made 14 appearances, scoring his first goal on 19th March against Crewe. He was loaned again to MK Dons on 1st July 2013 until 5th january 2014. Bamford scored 14 league goals in 23 appearances for MK Dons during this six-month period, and thus received speculation that he would be sent on loan to a club at a higher level.

On 3rd January 2014, Derby County confirmed the signing of Bamford on a loan until the end of the season. Bamford made his debut for Derby as a substitute on 10th January 2014, in a 4–1 away defeat to Leicester City. His first goal came in his next game, at home to Brighton & Hove Albion, when he opened the scoring in the 76th minute after coming on as a 59th-minute substitute. He scored 8 goals in 23 games for the Rams.

On 29th August 2014, Bamford joined Middlesbrough on loan until 1st January 2015. This was extended until the end of the season. Bamford ended the 2014-15 season with 19 goals in total, 17 coming in the league making him the team's top scorer for the season which saw Boro reach the Championship Play-Off finals only to lose to Norwich. He had made 43 appearances and won the Championship Player of the Year award.

Bamford played for the Republic of Ireland once at Under 18 level, qualifying to play for Ireland under the grandparent rule. On 28th February 2012, Bamford made his first appearance for the England U19s in a friendly match against Czech Republic. In September 2013, he made his debut for England's Under-21s against San Marino.

Bamford made seven appearances for Norwich in 2015/16 but failed to score as City were relegated to the Championship.

In the summer of 2016, he was linked with moves to Norwich, Newcastle and Aston Villa as well as La Liga side Real Betis. On 27th August 2016, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said that the loan signing of Bamford was almost completed. "It's just a few i's getting dotted and t's getting crossed." The loan deal was finally completed on 30th August 2016

He was recalled to Chelsea on 14th January 2017 having made six league appearances for Burnley without scoring. Rumour has it that he would rejoin Middlesbrough. which became reality on 18th January 2017 with Boro paying £5.5million for him. It was against his former club Chelsea that Boro lost 3-0 on 8th May 2017 and were relegated to the Championship, with Bamford coming on as substitute.

After scoring 13 goals in 44 appearances for Boro in 2017/18, he was sold to Leeds United for £10million on 31st July 2018 becoming their fifth summer signing after goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, defender Barry Douglas and midfielders Lewis Baker and Jack Harrison

Bamford scored 16 goals in the 2019/20 season as Leeds won promotion to the Premier League.

After impressing for Leeds. he was called up into the England squad at the end of August 2021. He made his debut in the 4-0 win over Andorra on 5th September 2021; he started the game but was substituted for Harry Kane on 62 minutes.

Bamford and Leeds were relegated from the Premier League on 28th May 2023 after losing 4-1 at home to Spurs (with Harry Kane scoring for the visitors). Bamford wasn't included in the match day squad. He had played 31 times for Leeds in the 2022/23 season but scored just six goals, two of which were in the FA Cup against Cardiff.

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