PATRICK Bamford, Boro’s latest recruit from Stamford Bridge, says that Middlesbrough stood out for him as the place to be after talks with Head Coach Aitor Karanka.
“It’s taken a while but I’m glad to finally be here,” said Patrick.
“I had a chat with Aitor about ten days ago, but there was a hold up in the paperwork after I’d decided it was Middlesbrough that I wanted to go to.
“It seemed to take forever to go through but then it was just a case of getting up here for the game on Saturday.”
The Chelsea forward was prolific on loan at Derby County last season, and said he hopes he can recreate that form at Boro by scoring goals to help the team reach promotion.
“Hopefully, the fans can expect goals, that’s what I like to aim for,” said Patrick.
“I think my movement and finishing is a good part of my game which will hopefully help with bringing other players into play.
“Middlesbrough jumped out at me when I spoke to the manager and heard his aspirations. When he put forward to me what he was looking to achieve I was eager to come here and play.”
Bamford will join a Boro team eager to push for promotion, and after being part of the Derby County team that lost the Play-Off Final last season, the new arrival believes consistency is the key to success in the Championship.
“I think consistency is what you need in this division,” said Patrick.
“You can have teams who start off really well but fade away – it’s just about maintaining the team and keeping it going.
“I think the unity is really important, we had that at Derby but we were just unfortunate that it didn’t pay off in the end.”
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