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Sport Making a claim for Lewis Baker to be given his Chelsea chance

20:05  21 april  2017
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Lewis Baker made Chelsea senior debut in FA Cup in January against Derby. Star in the making : Baker is a 19-year-old central midfielder who plied his trade at Luton's centre of excellence. They were given time off by manager Pep Guardiola after title win.

When Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea the Portuguese manager claimed one of his main Blues fans would love to see players like Lewis Baker , Andreas Christensen and Patrick Bamford recalled from loan and put into the first team. Maybe under Hiddink they have a chance of making it happen.

When the summer transfer window rolls back around at the end of the season, Chelsea have plenty of big decisions to make, one of which, being the future of Lewis Baker.

The young English midfielder is expected to return to Chelsea after spending two seasons on loan in the Dutch league.

His time at Vitesse may prove to be a monumental advert for keeping the connection running between the two clubs. During a time where the system appears to be going nowhere, Baker flourished over the course of a two-year loan spell, becoming a crucial fixture in their midfield.

Names such as Lucas Piazon, Tomas Kalas, Gaël Kakuta, Ulises Dávila and Josh McEachran spring to mind when you think of those who have gone to the Dutch league and not quite adapted to their football.

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'We have agreed terms with Vitesse Arnhem for Lewis Baker to spend the 2015-16 season on loan at the Dutch club,' Chelsea More stars of sport. Everton use world's first ever 'virtual mascot' as robot gives young fan too ill to travel to Goodison Park chance to lead his side out Brilliant gesture.

Chelsea snubbed the chance to sign Dele Alli. Lewis Baker is undoubtedly a big talent. The central midfielder has been prolific for the under-21 side, and was a matchwinner as the club's under-18s While Alli is making his breakthrough this season, he actually signed for Tottenham back in January.

At a time where Nathan and Matt Miazga struggle to produce many performances worthy of writing home about, Chelsea must be hoping that Mukhtar Ali can fill the Baker-shaped hole if he does go on to depart at the end of the season.

This season especially, Baker has risen to prominence at the GelreDome, scoring nine goals in the league. He’s also played a key role in Vitesse’s cup run, in which they face AZ Alkmaar in the final on 30 April.

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The Eredivisie outfit have never won a major trophy in their history as a football club, and when Baker was speaking to Joe Tweedie on WAGNH about the competition, you got the impression that achieving such a feat would mean a huge amount to Baker, as he explained his desire to ‘finish what he had started in Vitesse’.

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Midfielder tells Antonio Conte: I want to play for Chelsea . LEWIS BAKER is hoping his spell on loan will give him the chance to become part of the first team at Chelsea .

Despite their poor reputation for giving youth a chance , Chelsea have one of the best academies in Europe. That means, only players who are yet to make a first team league appearances are considered. Chelsea 's Lewis Baker celebrates with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford.

Baker would, of course, need time to adjust to life back at Cobham and a pre-season under Conte would give both parties time to see where he is at in terms of his personal development, something that could be affected by this summer’s European U21s championships.

As we’ve seen with Dominic Solanke, the next move post-Vitesse is crucial. Solanke impressed during his brief time in the Eredivisie, but then he failed to either find a suitable loan move or break into the first-team squad and now looks set to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Baker will not be short of suitors, that is for sure. Somewhere like Swansea, providing they maintain their Premier League status, could be seen as a viable option, or even the likes of Brighton and Newcastle if the latter goes on to secure promotion.

If the club do decide to move him on for another loan move, regular first-team football has to be a must. Not like the cases of Patrick Bamford, who joined a Burnley side, who have a such a tight-knit group, that any incoming player, let alone someone on-loan from Chelsea, will find it hard to break into.

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Lewis Baker has stated that his dream is to establish himself in the Chelsea first-team. Chelsea have a horde of players out on loan, many of whom will most probably never play for the club again, but Baker ’s displays suggest that he should at least be given a chance to prove his worth in the

If it’s not at Chelsea, Baker needs to be playing his football at somewhere that can mirror his time with Vitesse, a midfield that he can dominate and put his own stamp on.

Should the club decide to keep him around the first-team squad, a goalscoring midfielder, who is equally strong with both feet would be a fantastic addition, not mention the fact he would not cost the club a single penny.

The Blues must weigh up what is best for the player, keeping him involved with the first-team squad, learning from the senior players and from Antonio Conte, with less game time, or sending him out on loan to get 30+ Premier League games under his belt.

Conte will need to add depth to his squad with the addition of Champions League football and Baker is the perfect example of a player that can slot into the team through the group stages and cup competitions, giving Chelsea a fighting chance of competing across four fronts next season.

Not to mention the brilliant chant that the Vitesse fans have started for the midfielder that would sound great around Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea ace Lewis Baker is grateful for the experiences he got abroad. Baker has been with the Blues since he was nine but is yet to make a single appearance for them in the Premier League. Now 22, he hopes to catch Antonio Conte’s eye here in Poland after going overseas for his chance .

Baker starred at the Toulon Tournament with England, alongside the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah and given the success he has had at Vitesse, you have to look at his fellow countryman as his nearest benchmark.

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Conte has not shied away from handing both Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek minutes at Stamford Bridge, albeit minimal.

Neither have pulled up any trees this season, but the Blues suffered an early elimination from the League Cup and with no Champions League football this campaign, next season offers the prospect of a lot more football that can be played.

Whatever does happen to Baker next season, it’s clear to see that Chelsea do have one of the brightest young English footballing talents on their hands.

To say that the club needs to manage him and decide his next move carefully is an understatement. If they play their cards right, they could potentially have a central midfielder that could dominate Stamford Bridge for many years to come.

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Chelsea youngsters who could join Vitesse next season .
A lot has been said about Chelsea’s connection with Vitesse Arnhem over the years, but the truth is, on the pitch, it’s a great link for the club to have to help develop their young players. Lewis Baker, Nathan, Matt Miazga, Mukhtar Ali are all currently on loan at the Dutch outfit. The likes of Dominic Solanke, Isaiah Brown, Nemanja Matic and Josh McEachran are just some names that have spent time in the Eredivisie in the past. Whether or not Chelsea can make a success of these players is yet to be seen but the Eredivisie makes for the perfect bridge from academy football to senior football. It’s a young and competitive league that holds a focus on playing good football and Baker has flourished with the Dutch side this season. After Chelsea’s current crop made history in Vitesse by winning them their first major trophy, we look at who the club could send there next season.

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