Bamford feels his patience has paid off

Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford feels he has been rewarded for his patience since joining Middlesbrough on loan.

The 21-year-old striker was a substitute for Boro at the start of the season and four of his 11 appearances for the Championship club have been from the bench.

But he has played a starring role of late, scoring in both games as they beat Rotherham 3-0 and Norwich 4-0.

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“Everyone wants to start every game. With our [Boro’s] squad it’s difficult and you’ve got to be patient,” Bamford said.

“I think I had to be patient at the start but I’m enjoying the run of games at the minute.”

Tuesday’s thrashing of Norwich took Boro above the Canaries and up to second in the table.

Bamford added: “I’m loving it. It’s nice scoring but the most important thing is helping the team win. I’m delighted I can do that.

“We’re happy because we’re winning games, but it’s still only November and I don’t think you can get carried away.”

Bamford scored eight goals in 21 appearances during a loan spell at Derby last term.

The Rams snapped him up after he netted 14 times in 23 league appearances during a loan spell at MK Dons earlier in the campaign.

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