Chelsea have confirmed they want Patrick Bamford to make a step up in class after spells on loan at MK Dons and Derby County last season.
Several clubs are in the queue to take Bamford on loan, however Blues assistant Steve Holland says the club are holding fire to give the frontman time to prove his worth.
“Chelsea have many players who are playing out of our sight but we monitor them,” he said.
“Part of my job as assistant is to watch these players. I have games edited every week so I watch every kick these guys make and I report back to the manager.
“We watched him closely last year. He had a good spell at MK Dons and then played at Derby, where the level was a step up. He played on the wing at Derby more often than not, which probably suited Derby, but we would see him more as a central striker.
“He’s played two 45 minutes now for the first-team in pre-season and he got a goal the other night.
"We know he can score goals but what we’ll be looking for in the next few weeks is to see whether he can adapt other areas of his game and how he combines with the top-level midfield players we have.
"We need to see if he can make that step into a Champions League team in the Premier League.
“It’s still too early to say [what will happen] but part of this process every year is re-evaluating, seeing the ones who make progress and rewarding them. Those that we think are making progress but perhaps need that little bit more time to gain further experience will go out on loan again.
“Obviously, the loan needs to be a progressive loan - not the same as last year -to make the step up. That [going on loan to a Premier League club] is a possibility and that will be a decision that the club will make before the start of the season.
“Rest assured though, whatever decision is made, we will continue to monitor his progress closely every week and we’ll be looking to see, in the end, if he can fill that void with the first team.
"That is the objective of all of this. If not, then he’ll still get the opportunity to play at a very high level because of the experience he’s had here at Chelsea.”
Bamford is expected to fly out with the rest of the Blues squad to Austria for a pre-season tour of Europe on Monday.