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Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker has today joined Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan for the 2019/20 season.
According to reports in Germany, Fortuna Düsseldorf have the option to buy the former England U21 midfielder.
Baker has been with Chelsea since the age of nine, with the 5’10” midfielder working his way through the academy, before making his Chelsea debut in an FA Cup tie at Derby County in January 2014.
Baker was named Chelsea Young Player of the Year 2013/14 following some eye-catching displays for the U19s and U21s. He scored the winning goal to clinch the Barclays U21 Premier League title against Manchester United, and also won the Goal of the Season prize, voted for by fans, for his back-heel strike away to Arsenal.
According to Nizaar Kinsella of Goal.com, Baker’s loan move to the German side was influenced by Marina Granovskaia and Eddie Newton, who persuaded him that another Championship spell wasn’t in his best interest.
Baker spent the first half of last term at Leeds before switching to fellow Championship side Reading, making a combined 33 appearances but his most productive loan was in the Netherlands from 2015 to 2017 when he spent two seasons at Vitesse in the Eredivisie, helping them to the Dutch Cup for the first time in the club’s history. He registered 20 goals and 17 assists in 73 appearances during his time at Vitesse.
Baker was with the Chelsea team for the pre-season tour of Ireland before it was decided it was best he left the club on loan.