Steve McClaren sings Patrick Bamford praise

Patrick Bamford of England during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifying match between England U21 and San Marino U21 at Greenhous Meadow on November 19, 2013
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Derby County boss Steve McClaren says that Patrick Bamford has already shown his future promise during his loan spell at Pride Park.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has predicted a bright future for Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford.

The 20-year-old, who hit four goals for MK Dons during a loan spell earlier on this season, scored a late equaliser for the Rams in yesterday's 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

That took his tally to two goals in three games since moving to Pride Park on a short-term deal at the start of the month.

"His temperament is fantastic, it's as if he's been here for years," PA quotes the former England coach as saying.

"I think he's shown in the two games the qualities he's got. He's a natural goalscorer. We've got a real asset on our hands.

"He's got a long way to go and a lot to learn but he's a sensible and very intelligent boy and he's making the right steps. We've got three games this week and he'll definitely start one."

Bamford moved to Stamford Bridge from Nottingham Forest in 2012.

Will Hughes of Derby County in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Derby County and West Bromwich Albion at Pride Park Stadium on July 27, 2013
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