Chelsea's Lewis Baker a target for Middlesbrough loan move

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

Further recruits are expected, and if reports are to be believed, Monk could have pulled off one of the loan deals of the summer, with Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker close to joining Boro on a two year loan deal according to the Northern Echo.

The 22-year-old has spent the last couple of years in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem, and last year was phenomenal in the middle of the park, chipping in ten goals as the club finished in fifth place.

The initial reaction to this is bound to be negative, but the length of the loan should increase the chances of its success and if Baker continues to develop the way we expect him to do so, and he doesn't get completely fed up with Chelsea in the meantime, we just might be able to trust him in actual competitive games by the time he turns 24.

If Baker does join Boro, he will sit alongside Jonny Howson in midfield, with the former Norwich man presumably taking up a deeper lying role this season, giving Baker the freedom to roam and join in the attack.

Baker is one of many examples of Chelsea's use of the loan market, with the 17-times England Under-21 global being sent out on loan to three different teams in his career.

If Baker was to move to Boro he would be another notable addition for Garry Monk's side.

Baker, meanwhile, told Goal in May that he was keen to return to England after two years in the Netherlands.

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