Bamford will be a Premier League regular, says Robbo

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford has a big future ahead of him, according to Karl Robinson.

The striker, on loan from Chelsea, has been on top form since rejoining Dons in the summer, scoring four times in his last six appearances, including the opener on Tuesday night against Northampton Town.

While his spell with Dons last season was hampered by injuries, he still managed four goals in his last eight appearances in the run in.

And this time around, Robinson is backing him for even better things.

“When you look at his goal record, I think he got four in the last eight games of last season,” he said. “And since he has been fit, his goal record has been phenomenal. He can play anywhere along that front four.

“He’ll be a Premier League regular. Chelsea have acquired his services and they will see the fruits of his talents in about 12 months time.

“He’s getting kicked a bit at the moment, and he found that difficult last season. Now, he’s getting used to it, he’s getting back to his feet quicker, he has matured into more of a man.

“When he grows into the potential his body can fulfil, he’s going to be a top, top player.”

Robinson expressed his delight at the attitude of his loan players. Along with Bamford, Dons have Samir Carruthers, Jason Banton and Danny Green, who joined on Transfer Deadline Day on Monday night, on loan.

But Robinson believes their attitudes of being MK Dons players have set them above previous temporary signings he has made.

He said: “For the first time, I’ve acquired loan players that care. They’ve all added to the group and none of them shirk responsibility. It means a lot when you bring in players like that.

“When you wear our badge and hear our fans, it unites you immediately.

“I always speak fondly about our badge and what it means to me and Dean Lewington. When you see a manager and captain who think the world of the club, the loan players have no option but to take it in.”