Leeds United didn’t precisely see one of the best of Lewis Baker however Stoke City have actually obtained the midfielder taking part in his finest soccer in years.
Baker was lengthy backed as a star of the longer term having been within the Chelsea ranks since approach again in 2005.
Poached from Luton Town on the age of simply 9, Baker was backed to grow to be an everyday for Chelsea and England.
Jose Mourinho even steered that he must be blamed if Baker by no means made the grade with England.
Sadly, Baker doesn’t have an England cap and is unlikely to ever get one. You can argue that he was a sufferer of too many loans.
Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons took Baker on mortgage earlier than a shocking two-year stint with Vitesse Arnhem. That’s when the Baker hype was at its peak.
Since then although, it’s been robust going. A spell with Middlesbrough wasn’t nice and becoming a member of Leeds in 2018 hardly helped.
Baker solely managed two league begins for Leeds earlier than chopping his mortgage spell brief in January 2019 to affix Reading.
Marcelo Bielsa might not have picked Baker all that a lot, however did admit that he wished Baker to not solely see out his season on mortgage, however then keep for an additional one.
Bielsa clearly noticed one thing in Baker however it simply didn’t work for him at Leeds. Spells with Reading, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Trabzonspor didn’t work out both.
After briefly returning to Chelsea, Baker lastly secured a everlasting exit in January 2022. Stoke City pounced to signal Baker, handing him a two-and-a-half-year deal.
What a transfer that has been for each Stoke and Baker.
The 26-year-old has racked up a ridiculous eight objectives and two assists in 18 video games for Stoke, all from midfield.
Hailed as ‘brilliant’ by boss Michael O’Neill, Baker has been a shining gentle for Stoke in 2022.
This has been a dreadful 2022 for the Potters however Baker will probably be giving them hope of success for subsequent season.
It’s a disgrace that Leeds by no means actually noticed this aspect of Baker, however Bielsa seemingly felt he might get it out of him with extra time collectively at Elland Road.
It wasn’t to be at Leeds, however Baker is lastly displaying his high quality within the Championship.
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