With a big number of Chelsea players loaned across many European clubs, pundits and critics continually come forward to question the club’s loan system, but one player has looked beyond the questions and has promised to fulfill the mission of every loan: return to the Stamford bridge a better player capable of getting a starting shirt.
England under-21 international, Lewis Baker is currently on loan with Vitesse Arnhem at the Netherlands’ Eredivisie. The 20 year-old midfielder’s time at the Dutch side have started on a good note, with the former Chelsea academy player scoring 2 goals in all his 10 starts so far.
Baker earned a promotion to Chelsea’s main squad last year, but lack of playing time has seen him move to Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes Dons on loan this year, and has been tipped by Mourinho to earn an England national team call up under his management.
This could be coming true soon, as the player has already been invited to the under-21 national team. Lewis Baker believes his performances in Holland won’t go unnoticed by his parent club, and a return to the Stamford bridge will be possible next summer. He says,
“I’m really enjoying it, the football is slightly different and is a lot more technical and tactical out there. When we play the bigger teams, it’s also a physical game and I think I’m going to learn a lot out there. I’ve already learned a lot in the first few months and hopefully that can increase and next season, I’ll return to Chelsea as a better player.The Eredivisie is a top league and I think it’s a good learning place for me, on the pitch and off the pitch, seeing different cultures and the way players live with the different playing styles. It can all just help you as a professional and add little bits to your game.”
The season is still a long way to go, and it will be seen if the promising youngster can make his stock rise and get a place in the star-studded Blues’ side next Summer.