New Boys – Patrick Bamford
The background of new DCFC recruit Patrick Bamford has been well reported. However what hasn’t been so well reported is what type of player we can expect and is he actually any good.
Worry no more and check out this glowing reference from MK Dons Supporters Association’s Julian Griffiths.
“Patrick Bamford is without a shadow of doubt MK Dons loss and Derby County’s gain. The fact that several thousand Dons fans stayed behind to give him a standing ovation after his last home match for the club is testament to the impact that he’s had as a 20 year old striker finding his way in the game.
16 goals in 29 appearances in a league boasting some big clubs in the form of Wolves, Sheffield United, Coventry City and Bristol City is no mean feat, and although he is stepping up a level at Pride Park I have no doubt that he is more than capable of lighting up the Championship.
4 yellow cards and no red cards show that he is disciplined as a player. He’s also an intelligence young man, having obtained A-Levels in History, General Studies and Biology and this is also reflected in the football he plays. He settled into the Dons side very quickly making many friends around the club (in particular England u17 international Dele Alli).
At Stadium MK he has usually played in a 4-5-1 formation, with Luke Chadwick or Ben Reeves playing just off his shoulder. His greatest strength is his control of the ball and vision around the box. Some have commented that he reminds them of Ian Rush. He is reasonably quick and I would back him every time in a one on one with the keeper.
His weakness is in the air. Although he is 6’2 tall, he struggles to dominate aerial balls from set pieces, although he has admitted this and has been working hard to strengthen that part of his game.
Despite being just 20 years old he won’t be bullied by big centre backs. He does have an aggressive edge to his game which is controlled but gives him the edge when the going gets touch. He does have that Prem mentality of looking for fouls when sometimes he would achieve more by staying on his feet.
What you are getting is an outstanding talent – probably one of the best young strikers in English football. I have no doubt he will end up playing for England and in the Premier League providing he is given the chance to play regularly at the higher level”
MK Dons Supporters Association’s