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Transfer Flashback: Lewis Baker

Transfer Flashback: Lewis Baker

Back in the summer of 2017, Lewis Baker signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea before going on loan to Middlesbrough for the 2017/18 Championship season as Garry Monk looked to bolster his midfield options.

The 23-year-old arrived at the Riverside fresh from back-to-back campaigns in the Eredivisie with Vitesse where he impressed, giving Middlesbrough supporters much reason to be excited about his signing.

In the end, though, Baker’s time at Middlesbrough proved to be a disappointing one despite a fairly decent start and the fact that the English midfielder has so much technical ability.

Under Monk, Baker featured from time to time and managed to show some of his quality, making Chelsea’s decision to send him to the Riverside look like a sensible one for all parties.

However, the sacking of Monk and appointment of Tony Pulis sent the former England U21 international’s career at Middlesbrough spiralling in the wrong direction.

Pulis, unsurprisingly, did not fancy Baker with the ex-West Brom boss known for trusting more experienced players who have a great tactical understanding and are defensively astute.

Baker is now on loan at Reading following another disappointing temporary spell in the Championship with Leeds United, suggesting that there might be something the Chelsea youth product is not currently doing or something lacking in his game.

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