Lewis Baker’s short Leeds United career is over with Sky Sports reporting the 23-year-old has been recalled by parent club Chelsea.
Baker made just 14 appearances in all competitions for the Championship leaders, prompting the Blues into terminating the midfielder’s loan spell in a move that would have likely disappointed some at Elland Road.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds had no intention of sending Baker back to Stamford Bridge despite his lack of playing time leaving the club now contemplating on whether to bring in another No.10 or not.
Regardless of what happens going forward, though, Bielsa’s failure to properly utilise Baker feels like a waste.
Bielsa, to his defence, will point to Leeds’ league position, which he has every right to do. The team he has gone with for the majority of the campaign have taken the club to the top of table, showing the Argentinian is clearly getting his starting XI selections right to say the least.
But with so many games left and competition for those automatic promotion spots so fierce, having a player of Baker’s quality to call upon for later down the line really could have made a difference.
Bielsa’s reign from the Elland Road dugout so far has been almost flawless but, should Leeds not fill the hole left by Baker’s departure, then the former Lille boss could regret not showing more faith in the ex-England U21 international who certainly had more to offer.
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