1. Patrick Bamford is Boro's second highest goalscorer under Aitor Karanka - the striker scored 19 in his single previous season with the club. Grant Leadbitter is top overall, with his free-kick against Sheffield Wednesday putting him ahead of Bamford onto 20 goals.

2. Bamford was named Championship Player of the Year in at the end of that season, in April 2015. Spurs midfielder (and fellow MK Dons alumnus) Dele Alli was named Football League Young Player of the Year at the same ceremony, while Jordan Rhodes was included in the Football Manager Team of the Decade, alongside the likes of Gareth Bale and Adam Lallana.

3. The other nominees shortlisted for that award were Watford captain Troy Deeney, who recently notched up his 100th goal for the Hornets, and Daryl Murphy, now with Newcastle United. 

4. The last Boro player to score more league goals than Bamford in a season was Bernie Slaven. The Scottish marksman hit 21 Division Two goals as Boro fought off relegation in 1989/90.

5. Both the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons ended in unsuccessful Wembley appearances for Bamford - representing Derby and Boro respectively in the play-offs. The club he started the 2015/16 season with, Crystal Palace, would also reach Wembley that year - losing the FA Cup final to Manchester United - although Bamford had returned to parent club Chelsea earlier in the year.

6. Bamford grabbed national headlines for his part in Boro's memorable FA Cup win against Manchester City in 2015, and the striker almost scored his first Premier League goal against the same opponents. Making his first top flight start, for Norwich City in March 2016, he rattled the angle of post and bar with an effort from 25 yards.

7. Bamford is eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland, but has represented England at U18, U19 and U21 level. He was included in Gareth Southgate's 27-man preliminary squad for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, but was excluded from the final squad due to injury.

8. Bamford joins a small group of players in the modern era to return to Teesside for a non-consecutive second spell with Boro. Four such players have been at the club during Aitor Karanka's time in charge, and all began their youth careers with Boro - Stuart Parnaby, Danny Graham, Jonathan Woodgate and Stewart Downing.

9. The 23-year-old joins Rudy Gestede among Boro's January arrivals. The pair were both on the scoresheet the last time they met, in Boro's 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at the Riverside in 2014.