News this morning that Patrick Bamford has turned down a move to Newcastle United.

The Chelsea striker spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough and was a massive success, being named Championship player of the year and his 17 goals almost helping to lift his temporary club into the Premier League.

However, according to The Times, they say that their information is that whilst other clubs have shown an interest, it is Newcastle who have made an offer to take Patrick Bamford – either on loan or to buy.

The forward though has decided that now is the time to fight for his place at the London club, turning 22 in September the striker will be mindful of a succession of players at Chelsea who have gone on a series of loans and ended up leaving without having a proper go at Stamford Bridge. Costa and Remy are already in position, with Radamel Falcao’s arrival also said to be imminent.

The prime example maybe being Romelu Lukaku who despite arriving from Anderlecht on a massive transfer fee of around £17m, only started one Premier League match for Chelsea and instead scored loads of goals on loan at West Brom and Everton. The Belgian striker eventually signing on permanently at Goodison for a reported £28m.

In Patrick Bamford’s case, he signed on at Chelsea three and a half years ago as an 18 year old from Forest who was yet to start a league game for them.

A number of loan moves later and he has scored 48 goals from 91 starts (plus another 20 as a sub).

You hope it isn’t the case but it looks like Newcastle United are permanently off the pace and even when Mike Ashley is prepared to allow money to be spent, either it isn’t enough, or the club has dropped to a point where ambitious players don’t see Tyneside as a viable destination.

For example, if say Newcastle had shown ambition three years ago after finishing fifth, you then have a totally different package to offer credible signings.

Paying the going rate on wages should be a given if Newcastle/Ashley seriously want to attract players, but for some strange reason players with ability don’t always jump at the chance of the first club  that comes along.

If Mike Ashley is prepared to allow investment in the squad, then a credible scenario has to be laid in  front of the credible signings Newcastle need to make.


  • Morpeth mag

    I don’t blame the lad or his family/ agent, why ruin his potential, because that is what would happen to him if he moved here,,,,

  • kuromori

    Top players generally want top players around them; they know that is the best way to shine. We’re now in a Catch-22 situation of having so many shite players that good players don’t want to associate with them.
    This is the FCB reaping what he’s sown.

  • mentalman

    The same media sources are saying he’s turned down Everton to so is that down to Fat man’s lack of ambition to or in Everton case I suppose it’ll simply be that he wants to break through at Chelsea.
    The end of the transfer will approach and he’ll realise he’s 4th choice striker in a team that plays with 1 striker and he’ll end up in the championship again.

  • Why not do what he is doing, pick up money for no commitment while playing football. I would join nufc, i can see potential but for him its way up north. We need players and august will see them in. Some body wiĺ blink in this mexican stand off!

  • NottsToon

    Morpeth mag I was thinking the same, he’s obviously seen what a stunning job Newcastle do with developing young talent by playing hoof ball up to Perez and thought better of it.

  • TonnekToon

    You can’t blame him , the lad must have sense .

  • mrkgw

    Forget him. Remember. We want committed players who WANT to play for NUFC. No more mercenaries using our club as a stepping stone. We should hold our own though, with the current set up that seems to be proving a bit more difficult at the moment.

  • Mark Burbridge